SComS switches to CC-BY-SA license to promote Platinum Open Access

2024-06-05

SComS is delighted to announce a significant update to our licensing policy. Starting with issue 24/02, we will shift from the CC-BY-ND-NC license to the more open CC-BY-SA license. This move is aimed at enhancing the unrestricted sharing of knowledge.

The transition to the CC-BY-SA license will expand how our content can be utilized. Under the new license, anyone can use, distribute, and modify the content if they credit the original author and share any new creations under the same or compatible conditions. Here are the key features of the CC-BY-SA license:

  • CC (Creative Commons): A globally recognized framework for licensing creative works.
  • BY (Attribution): Requires acknowledgment of the author whenever the work is used.
  • SA (ShareAlike): Ensures that adaptations of the work are distributed under the same or compatible licensing terms.

The CC-BY license is highly valued in the open-access community for its focus on author attribution. The SA component is favored in educational and scientific contexts, ensuring modified content is shared under consistent licensing terms.

Background of the Licensing Policy Change:

The decision to switch to the CC-BY-SA license is the result of a gradual process that began with our adoption of the open-access model in 2017. Initial concerns about greater openness have been addressed in the meantime. Previous restrictions under the ND (no derivatives) and NC (no commercial use) conditions did not serve the best interests of our scientific community. The new CC-BY-SA license will facilitate a modern open data approach and integration with open data repositories.

Acknowledgments:

We extend our gratitude to the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) and the Open Data Strategy team at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) Lugano for their advice and guidance. We also thank the Hauptbibliothek Open Publishing Environment (HOPE) team at the University of Zurich and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for their constructive dialogue and support. Their insights have made our decision to use the new CC-BY-SA license possible. Furthermore, we thank our publishing partner, Seismo, for supporting this decision.