Answered By: Emily Ursuliak
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2017     Views: 30

Having a clear policy about copyright and open access is helpful to authors, readers, and the publisher:

  • Authors can decide whether to submit to your journal and understand their ongoing rights to submitted content.
  • Readers can understand how they can use and reuse content found in your journal.
  • Publishers can protect their content from illegal use.

If you are hosting an open access journal, you may want to apply a Creative Commons (CC) license or a similar license. This is suggested as a best practice by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

If not using a CC license, journals are required to state, in a clear and precise manner, the terms of use and reuse for the published content, in order to meet DOAJ's basic requirements.