Creative Commons

A hub for various Creative Commons-related tutorials, guides, and articles

Through its free legal tools and licenses, Creative Commons enables authors, artists, scientists, and educators to share and distribute their work under easy-to-understand copyright terms. Creative Commons licenses essentially allow creators to take a “some rights reserved” approach to licensing, rather than an “all rights reserved” one, by giving others permission to use a work, but only under a specific set of conditions. In this way, creators' rights can be respected while the public good is served.

  14 January 2019

Outwitting the Fox

An introduction to predatory publishing, its controversies, and how to navigate the wilds of scholarly communication

The open access model offers efficiency in the publishing process and promises better visibility and discoverability for research. Many scientists, however, have expressed concern over its susceptibility to exploitation by publishers trying to earn faster and higher revenue by pumping out an endless stream of articles regardless of their scientific quality while charging their authors exorbitant fees for the privilege of being published. These predatory publishers threaten the integrity of science, but will do whatever it takes to shield themselves from public exposure.

This article series explores the origins of predatory publishing, the attempts to expose them, the resulting controversy, why this discussion matters, and what authors can do to outsmart the predators snapping at their heels.

  12 April 2018