The transition to Creative Commons 4.0 licenses

August 27, 2014 Sue Joshua

Authors wishing to publish their articles on an open access basis in Wiley journals can choose from a range of Creative Commons licenses, whether they publish in our fully open access journals or select Online Open for our subscription journals. Unless a specific CC license is required under a funder mandate, authors are able to select from the CC BY, the CC BY-NC or the CC BY-NC-ND.  (See infographic below.)  Authors using our Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) can complete online licenses in an average of three minutes.

CC licenses

We are now making the transition to the Creative Commons 4.0 license versions introduced in November 2013 after a two year consultation by CC with legal and licensing experts and the open access community. Differences between 3.0 and 4.0 are summarized here (The CC BY 4.0, in particular, includes some useful additions and clarifications, including that database rights are included in the license where applicable and that patent and trademark rights are not.  Attribution requirements are clearly specified and can be implemented in a practical manner.  In addition, those  wishing to modify content under a CC BY license should indicate the modifications made and this change will be welcomed by many authors concerned about retaining demarcation of authorship in the original work.  In general, we consider the licenses to be better organized and easier to use than previous versions.

Creative Commons licenses provide a standard and well understood set of terms and conditions for sharing and developing original work without forgoing the benefits of copyright. Wiley welcomes the evolution of the CC licenses and will continue to offer them to authors as part of its open access program.


About the Author

Legal Director, Wiley // Sue Joshua is Legal Director, Global Research and Europe at John Wiley & Sons, with responsibility for providing legal support to Wiley's global scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing operations, as well as its operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Sue and her team of lawyers work on all aspects of intellectual property, contract and commercial work, corporate organization, and compliance. Sue practiced as a barrister before joining Wiley in 1994. She is a member of the copyright committee of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers STM), and a board member of the Intellectual Property Rights Office (IPRO).

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