eIFL.net is an international not-for-profit organization building partnerships with libraries around the world to enable sustainable access to high quality digital information for people in developing and transition countries. Like SPARC in the U.S., eIFL.net was originallystarted to address the serials pricing crisis in academic and research libraries in Central and Eastern Europe. eIFL.net currently partners with libraries and library consortia in over 45 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe with common goals of leveraging open knowledge for local prosperity and increasing educational opportunities.
eIFL’s recent report on the implementation of open content licenses in developing and transition countries, compiled by eIFL open access program manager Iryna Kuchma, is now available on eIFLnet.
What are some of the facts revealed by this report?
- 337 open access journals in the surveyed countries use open content licenses.
- The most prevalent Creative Commons licenses utilized among these countries is either the most liberal Creative Commons Attribution license or the most restrictive Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works.
- 321 open access journals in Armenia, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Macedonia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia and South Africa use liberal Creative Commons Attribution license.
- 16 open access journals in Bulgaria, Estonia and South Africa use Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works.
- 3 open access repositories that use open content licenses: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike, including two repositories in China and Poland