Open access policy of the SIPLR

The SIPLR is one of the few journals that was created with the actual objective of being Open Access. For us, Open Access was not a model that we applied because we had to, because that is the general trend, or a policy decision of a third party. It was our choice and it was one of the reasons why we decided to establish the SIPLR. To make research results on intellectual property rights widely accessible without any restrictions.

The Open Access policy was developed in cooperation and under the guidance of experts in Open Access publishing from the Stockholm University Press and it has evolved together with the policies of the university and resource funding institutions.

Our Open Access policy is the following.

All of our content is published under the terms of Creative Commons Licenses which ensures that copyright remains with authors and also requires full attribution to accompany all reuse and dissemination.  We have chosen the license model of CC-BY as this is the best aligned to the principles of open access as defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and recommended by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). The CC-BY license allows readers to copy, redistribute, remix and build upon the publications, as long as clear attribution to the original source and author(s) are given.

 According to the Budapest Open Access Initiative one of the two complementary pillars of the providing for full accessibility of scientific research is:

Open-access Journals: Second, scholars need the means to launch a new generation of journals committed to open access, and to help existing journals that elect to make the transition to open access. Because journal articles should be disseminated as widely as possible, these new journals will no longer invoke copyright to restrict access to and use of the material they publish. Instead they will use copyright and other tools to ensure permanent open access to all the articles they publish. Because price is a barrier to access, these new journals will not charge subscription or access fees, and will turn to other methods for covering their expenses. There are many alternative sources of funds for this purpose, including the foundations and governments that fund research, the universities and laboratories that employ researchers, endowments set up by discipline or institution, friends of the cause of open access, profits from the sale of add-ons to the basic texts, funds freed up by the demise or cancellation of journals charging traditional subscription or access fees, or even contributions from the researchers themselves. There is no need to favor one of these solutions over the others for all disciplines or nations, and no need to stop looking for other, creative alternatives.”

Our license model follows CC-BY that provides the following terms:

  • Share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format).
  • Adapt (remix, transform and build upon the material for any purpose even commercially
  • The licensor cannot revoke these rights as long as the licensee follows the terms.

Both the articles as well as the whole issues of the SIPLR are published apart from the webpage of the SIPLR in also LawPub Stockholm. LawPub Stockholm is a common platform for legal publishing – journals and books – which is connected to the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University. This enhances further the accessibility of the SIPLR texts. Furthermore, authors are encouraged to publish their articles in different platforms such as, academia etc.