UK-SCL Model Policy

UK Scholarly Communications Licence and Model Policy
Keeping ownership of academic research within the academic community – for visibility, impact, access and re-use

DRAFT model policy

The UK-SCL and Model Policy is currently in the final stages of drafting and the link below is to the latest draft.

Summary of recent changes

Policy dated 9 November 2017

  • The statement on estoppel has been replaced with a statement on managing co-author consent as part of the management of journal selection, copyright assignment and institutional repository deposit.

Policy dated 13 October 2017

  • Whilst we observe that publishers are claiming waivers for less than 5% of articles deposited under the Harvard model policy, in light of publisher concerns in the UK we are offering publishers a blanket 6/12 month waiver, to be negotiated centrally on behalf of all adopting institutions, for the first two years of the policy
  • The policy will be reviewed after the first year of implementation
  • Numbering to the policy sections has been added for ease of reference
  • The preamble has been revised to stress that researchers retain both copyright and moral rights. At no stage has the model sought a transfer of researcher copyright to their institution.