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Licensing the future: report on BioMed Central’s public consultation on open data in peer-reviewed journals

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz1, Stefan Busch2* and Matthew J Cockerill2

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1 Faculty of 1000, London, UK

2 BioMed Central Ltd, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB, UK

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BMC Research Notes 2013, 6:318  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-6-318

Published: 21 August 2013

Abstract

We report the outcomes of BioMed Central’s public consultation on implementing open data-compliant licensing in peer-reviewed open access journals. Respondents (42) to the 2012 consultation were six to one in favor (29 in support; 5 against; 8 abstentions) of changing our authors’ default open access copyright license agreement, to introduce the Creative Commons CC0 public domain waiver for data published in BioMed Central’s journals. We summarize the different questions we received in response to the consultation and our responses to them – matters such as citation, plagiarism, patient privacy, and commercial use were raised. In light of the support for open data in our journals we outline our plans to implement, in September 2013, a combined Creative Commons Attribution license for published articles (papers) and Creative Commons CC0 waiver for published data.