Welcome to the Journal of Biocommunication’s issue 43-2.This represents our seventh issue designed for our new mixed publishing format. By definition, open access literature is online, digital, and is free of charge. This new JBC publishing model supports those authors and content creators who wish to retain a traditional copyright to their work. However, this new publishing model also supports open access articles written by authors, who are reporting on grant-funded research. Many funding sources, government agencies, universities, and foundations now require their supported research to be published in open access, peer-reviewed journals.
License agreement and author copyright
Access to the full text of JBC articles is free and unrestricted on jbiocommunication.org. Authors are required to assign one of two types of licenses when a manuscript is accepted for publication. Under the terms of that agreement, authors retain copyright to their text and figures, but grant the JBC a perpetual license to publish the manuscript. The JBC offers authors a choice in publishing and licensing of their article:
- Exclusive License to Publish: Articles are freely available to the public to read through JBC online platforms, but this traditional license does not grant the public any reuse or derivatives. Permissions must be obtained from the author for any third party use.
- Open Access License: Articles are freely available to the public to read AND also to reuse without permission or fees as defined by a Creative Commons license.
For open access licensed articles, permitted third party (re)use is defined by either a Creative Commons user license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (abbreviated: CC BY-NC-ND), or by a Creative Commons user license: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY). This reuse is for non-commercial purposes, and it lets others distribute and copy the article, and include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.
JBC’s policies are compatible with all major funders open access and self-archiving mandates. Authors at their discretion, or in compliance with a funder-mandated open access policy, may grant to the general public the nonexclusive right to copy, distribute, or display the manuscript subject to the terms of the Creative Commons license.