Academic Journals Resolve Copyright Conflict over Wikipedia
The American Physical Society (APS) is one of the most important
publishers in physics, well-known for its Physical Review
journals, including their flagship Physical Review Letters. Like
most other publishers, APS requires authors to transfer copyright,
meaning you may not use the materials elsewhere without permission
from the APS. This created trouble for some researchers who
wanted to put their research on Wikipedia and other open content
sites because the
APS refused to permit them to do so. Fortunately, the APS has now
copyright policy, thus resolving the issue.
The new copyright transfer
form allows the creation
of derivative works (e.g., articles on Wikipedia) provided that the
new work contains at least 10% of original material and no more than
50% of the APS-published work are used. In their copyright
policies FAQ the APS also
states that this applies to articles published under the old rules as
well. So if you have some nice figures you want to put on
Wikimedia Commons or
Quantiki, fire them up.
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