The Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Association of India (MAPAI) had adopted creative commons CC-BY license for its official publication Open Access Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (OAJMAP). The recent announcement about this on its journals web page mentions that to fully realize the potential of open access to research literature, barriers to reuse need to be removed and it uses CC-BY and also recommends it as the preferred license for open access publications. It also adds that with the adoption of CC-BY license all those players would be encouraged who wish to develop new knowledge tools and services for making the research discovered and produce new knowledge. The Chief Commons Officer, John Wilbanks in the latest special issue of Nature on ‘The Future of Publishing‘ says that “A licence that is designed just for publishers might feel safer, but it is a fool’s errand”. He also mentions that CC-BY is widely used by scholarly publishers viz., BioMed Central, Hindawi and the Public Library of Science and it fulfills the community definitions of openness.
UNESCO’s Global Open Access Portal (GOAP) presenting the status of Open Access to scientific information around the world is in the process of doing a Quality Evaluation of UNESCO’s GOAP. And is inviting experts and professionals involved with Open Access to offer their perspectives towards the advancement of Open Access policy by completing a short questionnaire online by March 22, 2013.