Springer permits commercial use for its hybrid open access program

Springer is bringing Open Choice, its hybrid open access option, into
line with the fully open access journals published by BioMed Central
and SpringerOpen. As a result, all open access content at Springer
will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY)
license.

In 2004, the hybrid open access option Open Choice was launched at
Springer with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license.
Springer’s Open Choice option allows authors to publish their articles
with open access for the majority of Springer’s subscription-based
journals. The articles are immediately freely available for anyone
worldwide in exchange of paying an article processing charge. The
copyright remains with the author.

Bettina Goerner, Manager Open Access at Springer, says: “The positive
experience with publishing fully open access journals under the CC-BY
license at BioMed Central and SpringerOpen, led us to believe that
permitting commercial use has benefits for our authors, editors,
society partners and open access in general. We are pleased that our
Open Choice option to publish open access meets the growing demand for
liberal re-use rights.”

Via Liblicense

This is very welcome!