What is Open Science?

Licensing and Author’s rights

One of the key aspects of Open Science is the use of open licences that allow authors to retain control over their works while also making them openly available to the public. They protect authors’ rights, enabling researchers to maintain control over their works, while ensuring that they are widely available for others to use and build upon.

1. Creative Commons:

Creative Commons licenses are a set of standardised permissions that allow creators to easily specify how others can use their work, providing a balance between copyright protection and sharing. These licenses enable creators to choose from a range of permissions, such as allowing or prohibiting commercial use, requiring attribution, or permitting modifications to their original work. By utilising Creative Commons licenses, creators can retain certain rights while granting permissions to others, promoting collaboration, sharing, and innovation. 

2. Crossref:

Crossref is a non-profit organisation that provides digital object identifiers (DOIs) for scholarly content. DOIs are unique identifiers that link research outputs to their underlying digital objects, such as journal articles, books, and datasets. IntechOpen uses Crossref and DOIs to ensure that its publications are discoverable, citable, and accessible to the research community.

3. COPE: Guidelines:

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting ethical practices in academic publishing. COPE provides guidelines to help journal editors and publishers maintain high standards of ethical conduct in their work. 

IntechOpen is a Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) member and fully adheres to its Core Practices. COPE’s wide-ranging guidelines cover plagiarism, duplicate publication, data fabrication and manipulation, authorship issues, and conflicts of interest. Journal editors and publishers can follow these guidelines to ensure their publications are of high quality and adhere to ethical standards.