STM publishers claim author rights are out of scope …

Universities are increasingly trying to acquire from publishers the right for authors of articles in site licensed subscription journals to deposit manuscript versions of these articles into institutional repositories. The International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) recently released a statement opposing this growing practice, calling it out of scope for content licensing negotiations.  STM claims that conflating author rights with content licensing adds complexity and legal uncertainty without benefiting authors. See http://www.stm-assoc.org/2011_04_19_STM_statement_on_licensing_and_authors_rights.pdf

Duke University’s Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin Smith provides a cogent analysis at http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2011/04/21/double-talk/

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