"Nature Publishing Group (NPG) announced today that is introducing a Creative Commons licence for original research articles publishing the primary sequence of an organism’s genome for the first time in any of the Nature journals."Of particular interest:
"Wherever possible, NPG will apply the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike licence retrospectively [emphasis added] to original research articles reporting novel primary genome-wide sequences that have previously been published in Nature journals."
Nature Editorial: Shared Genomes (Nature 450, 762 6 December 2007)
It is good to see Nature trying to fill some of the leadership void in this area.
Taxonomy, with a longer history in publishing, needs a similar effort, as pointed-out by Donat Agosti on the Taxacom mailing list (in reference to the NPG announcement):
"In the year of the 250th anniversary of Sytema [sic] Naturae , our goal ought to be to get all our publishers together to agree to release all the descriptions, if not all the publications including descriptions with a creative commons licence. The loss of species is fundamental to our welfare, and thus at equally important as our genes."Other viewpoints:
- Nature makes genome chain officially free. Information World Review. Jan 16 2008
- NPG introduces a CC license for genome research. Creative Commons. Dec 6 2007
- Nature Expands Open Access Publication for Genomic Research. PredictER Blog. Wednesday, December 5, 2007
- Nature opens up its genome sequencing literature. GMO Africa. Dec 12 2007