The updated Pharmaceutical Model Licence for E-journals: a continuing collaboration between publishers and the pharmaceutical industry

Philip J Ditchfield, Henning P Nielsen
2008 Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community  
In 1998 a joint Pharma Documentation Ring (P-D-R) and STM Publishers' group was set up to address the unique licensing requirements of pharmaceutical companies. Until that time, publishers' licences were very much orientated towards academic institutions, and the needs of pharmaceutical companies were little understood. Publishers had limited experience of dealing with the nuances of pharmaceutical companies' business practices, such as regulatory obligations, patent and medical information
more » ... cal information requirements, inter alia. This often meant negotiations between the two parties were difficult and protracted. Since then, in part due to the success of the standard licence the P-D-R group developed, the publishing world is much more familiar with the unique needs of pharmaceutical organizations. The first model licence was published in 2000 and has since formed the basis of licence discussions; many publishers have adopted it with limited modification, others have taken clauses from the licence and incorporated them directly into their own corporate licences. Most publishers have since embraced the original P-D-R Licence and understand its purpose.
doi:10.1629/2125 fatcat:vgbsikikijbulcjzuh6p6mveki