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Our Model Licence for Journals

The Jisc Collections Journal licence, Jisc Collections Journal sublicence, and Jisc Collections Journal sublicence (where a single payment can also be ordered via a subscription agent) are used by our staff in negotiations with publishers. Its origins date back to the pioneering licensing work undertaken by the PA and JISC and their PA/Jisc draft model licence drawn-up in the mid 1990’s. The Jisc Collections Model Journal Licence is part of the Jisc Collections Contract, the single Contract signed between Jisc Collections and each of the publishers participating in our Journal agreements. 

For some Journal agreements we use a Licence and Sub-Licence approach, where each institution signs a sub-licence with Jisc Collections rather than a licence with the publisher directly.  We make it clear in the offer shown in the catalogue which process is used, and in either case the Model Licence is used as the basis of the agreement with the relevant publisher.

History and development:

The Model Jisc Collections Licence for Journals was approved in September 2002. Further revisions were approved by the Journals Working Group in April 2005, bringing the licence up to date with latest developments in the delivery of teaching and learning and the dissemination of research activity in the academic community.

In October 2006, changes relating to the more recent developments of wireless networks, the UK Access Management Federation, electronic repositories and self archiving were made to the Licence.

Further changes were made in May 2007 relating to an expansion of the Authorised User clause and Secure Authentication definitions, dark archives used by the publisher and an indication of compliance with Project Transfer.

In September 2008, the dark archives clause was strengthened and some minor changes were made to the Schedules to tighten-up the wording regarding subscription periods and fees.

In May 2009, the Model Licence was amended for 2010. Additions included provisions regarding the permission to make use of the Licensed Material for text and data mining, as well as a new requirement on publishers to provide information on the licensed material to A–Z lists and link resolver vendors.

The most recent version of the Model Licence used for the 2012 renewed agreements was amended to bring all the technical standards such as COUNTER and W3C standards into a separate schedule so that they could be easily identified and updated. In December 2012 the Model Licence was updated to reflect changes in Jisc Collections' corporate framework.

We have created ONIX versions of the Model Licence and agreed licenses with publishers and these are now stored in Knowledge Base+ (KB+).  KB+ allows librarians to compare and contrast two or more licenses at the same time and to see where changes have been made to clauses and what clauses mean.

We have produced an MS Word document that outlines the procedure for completing and handling the Jisc Collections licence for Journals.

Previous Versions of the Model Licence for Journals

Last updated: February 2017