There’s been a lot going on at Taylor & Francis, with the arrival of Open Access Week giving us the opportunity to release more analysis from the 2014 Taylor & Francis Open Access Survey. This time we focused on licenses, a hot topic in open access and key for researchers, as they make decisions on how others reuse and distribute their published work.
With the Open Access movement strongly advocating for liberal reuse and distribution of content, we were keen to understand how this fits with individual researchers’ attitudes and opinions on licenses. Do their preferences vary by gender, age, career stage, or discipline? And are the voices advocating liberal reuse and distribution changing the opinions of today’s research community?
The results revealed that the majority stated a preference for more restrictive or traditional licenses, no matter what their career stage, age, nationality, discipline, or gender. Below are some of the key statistics:
- 33% chose Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) as their most preferred
- 25% chose Exclusive Licence to Publish, an increase of 3% on the 2013 survey results.
- 24% chose Copyright Assignment.
- Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) was the least preferred license in both years, but this dropped from 52% in 2013 to 35% in 2014, suggesting a softening of opinions.
Analyzing this by discipline:
- CC BY-NC-ND was the most preferred option for those in the humanities and social sciences (36%).
- Copyright Assignment was the most preferred choice for those in science, technology, & medicine (30%).
- Those in library and information science showed little support for traditional licenses (just 6% for Copyright Assignment) but are on average for CC BY-NC-ND and above average for Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC).
The full analysis on license preferences is now available on Taylor & Francis Online, with the complete dataset on Figshare. Plus, see the key findings from the survey, including year-on-year changes in license preferences, in our infographic.