International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS)


On Monday 12th November 2018, IJPDS is changing the publishing licence from the current Creative Commons
CC-BY-ND to 



The International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) is an electronic, open-access, peer-reviewed journal focussing on the science pertaining to population data. It publishes articles on all aspects of research, development and evaluation connected with data about people and populations.

It is published by Swansea University.

Why is IJPDS changing to CC-BY?
At IJPDS, sharing research freely is at the heart of everything we do and, as an Open Access journal, it is important that we uphold the Open Access ethos of making research freely accessible to all without restriction.

We currently publish articles under the CC-BY-ND licence, but this restricts the freedom to make changes and to distribute derivatives, thereby blocking or restricting the creation of derivative works. Our decision to migrate to the CC-BY licence will allow others more freedom to engage with IJPDS author’s research whilst still protecting the author’s moral rights.

  • the freedom to use published research and associated benefits of using it
  • the freedom to study manuscripts and to apply knowledge acquired from them
  • the freedom to make and redistribute copies of the information
  • the freedom to make changes and improvements, and to distribute derivative works

Funder Requirements
Increasing numbers of research funders stipulate the use of CC-BY when publishing via Open Access. Subsequently, IJPDS already offers the CC-BY licence to authors funded by RCUK / Wellcome Trust. We also use the CC0 “No rights reserved” licence for publishing source data that permits its re-use. IJPDS is now simply extending the right to freely access and use published research by rolling CC-BY out to cover all published works.

Benefits of CC-BY
By removing the restriction on derivative works, CC-BY opens up more options for using the research e.g. new ways of representing scholarly articles through text-mining and visualization techniques or allowing articles to be translated into other languages, and encouraging engagement with manuscripts through wider use has clear benefits to the authors.

Protecting Authors
Publishing under a free license does not mean that authors lose all their rights and any use of manuscripts published in IJPDS still require full attribution (i.e. giving credit and recognition to the author of a manuscript). Creative Commons licences require that no modifications to manuscripts should ‘be prejudicial to the Original Author’s honor or reputation’ (

Please note that manuscripts already published IJPDS prior to Monday 12th November 2019 will remain as CC-BY-ND, unless we receive a request from the authors to change to CC-BY.

Guest post by Sharon Hindley, IJPDS Marketing Manager.
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British Library Launch One Million Images on Flickr Commons

British Library Flickr Commons


The British Library has recently announced it has uploaded over one million images to Flickr.  The images have been uploaded to Flickr Commons “for anyone to use, remix and re-purpose”. Sixty five thousand books spanning the 17th to the 19th century were used as the source of the images.

The collection covers a huge range of subjects and includes images of book illustrations, diagrams and maps as well thousands of decorative elements such as borders and illuminated letters. This excellent resource will be invaluable to anybody interesed in social history, history or the Arts.

More information from this British Library digital Scholarshp blog:

Open Access: a summary for open access week

Where did the open access movement come from?

A quiet revolution in scholarly publishing has been taking place over the last few years. To quote Neil Jacobs from JISC “It is probably fair to say that we are in the midst of one of the biggest shake-ups of research communication for 300 years and the UK is at the centre of many of these changes”.

Open access is a movement which aims to make research freely available to anyone. This is made possible by the use of the Internet and builds on the willingness of scholars to write up their research results for free which they have traditionally always done. The Budapest Open Access Initiative in February 2002 defined  open access as “free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited”. Other organisations such as the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science have also issued declarations on open access. Obviously some scholars have concerns about such a liberal interpretation but most would probably sympathise with the general aim.

What are the benefits of making your work open access?

Apart from potential benefits to society as a whole, there is evidence that making your work more easily available increases the likelihood that you will be cited. There have been a range of studies done on this with varying results but the balance seems to come down on the side of open access being an advantage.

How can you make your work open access?

There are broadly two ways of making work open access. One is to publish in a journal which allows immediate free access, often referred to as gold open access. In many cases the publisher will charge the author an article processing fee to publish although there are also journals which are completely free. Information can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals. The other is to make papers available in a repository after publication in a journal in which case there may be an embargo period to allow the journal to charge subscribers and cover costs. This is known as green open access. Different people do use slightly varying definitions of green and gold open access with some people considering that all gold open access has to be paid for.

What issues do you need to think about?

Firstly you need to consider your funder’s requirements. RCUK and Wellcome are both starting to require open access publication and other programmes such as Horizon2020 are likely to do the same. Sherpa Juliet gives information on funding policies and Sherpa Fact can help you to work out if the journal you would like to publish in complies with your funder’s policy.

If you are going to pay to publish your article you need to consider how you will finance this. The university has a block grant to support RCUK funded research administered by ISS. An application form for this and more information is on our research web page. If you want to use the green open access route and archive your article in a repository you will need to check Sherpa Romeo to see if the publisher allows that.


Open access publications often use a creative commons licence to make it clear and explicit to the end user what they can do with a publication. In the case of RCUK and Wellcome funded research they insist on a CC-BY license – the most liberal kind. At present some publishers do not comply with this so it is possible that either the requirement will be amended or that publishers’ attitudes will change or there will be a mix of both. We are living in an interesting experimental period!


Open access publishing is still in a fairly experimental stage and can be confusing. You are welcome to contact your subject librarian for advice on what options are available to you.

posted by Susan

Guide to Creative Commons For Humanities and Social Science Monograph Authors

Developed by the OAPEN-UK team

An output of the OAPEN-UK project, this guide explores concerns expressed in public evidence given by researchers, learned societies and publishers to inquiries in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and also concerns expressed by researchers working with the OAPEN-UK project. We have also identified a number of common questions and have drafted answers, which have been checked by experts including Creative Commons. The guide has been edited by active researchers, to make sure that it is relevant and useful to academics faced with making decisions about publishing.

This guide is made available in open access using a CC BY licence. Readers can view the guide online or download a PDF copy

Except where otherwise noted, this work ‘Guide to Creative Commons for Humanities and Social Science Monograph Authors’ by JISC Collections is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.