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January 19, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Springer Open Choice Adopts Creative Commons Attribution License

Springer is bringing Open Choice, its hybrid open access (OA) option, into line with the fully OA journals published by BioMed Central and SpringerOpen. As a result, all OA content at Springer will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.

In 2004, the hybrid OA option Open Choice was launched at Springer with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license. Springer’s Open Choice option allows authors to publish their articles with OA for the majority of its subscription-based journals. The articles are immediately freely available for anyone worldwide in exchange of paying an article processing charge. The copyright remains with the author.

Bettina Goerner, manager of OA at Springer, says, “The positive experience with publishing fully open access journals under the CC-BY license at BioMed Central and SpringerOpen, lead us to believe that permitting commercial use has benefits to our authors, editors, society partners, and open access in general. We are pleased that our Open Choice option to publish open access meets the growing demand for liberal re-use rights.”

In addition to Open Choice, Springer offers fully OA journals under the SpringerOpen brand. The portfolio of more than 60 journals was recently joined by SpringerPlus, an interdisciplinary OA journal, publishing research in all STM disciplines. For more information on Springer and OA, see

Source: Springer

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