I know, the title is intended to be a very bad joke, but it speaks the truth. The scientific journal Nature, often referred to as overly restrictive, seems to be pushed by its authors into a more open-access friendly environment.* Jaime Headden (http://qilong.wordpress.com/Unsung) had some “grief” about the description of Carnufex, because of the fact they did not give attribution to a silhouette of one of his skeletal diagrams. I completely agree with his concerns for paleoartists, and hope that some time all these issues around them will be resolved.
As it turns out, this publication also held a mysterious secret, it was CC-BY 4.0. Intriguing, isn’t it. One bad thing about this is that the mention “This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder in order to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/“, was placed at the very bottom of the entire thing, after references, supplementary info, and right before the bottom bar. It seems like although the article is published openly, the journal didn’t want to draw attention to the license.
I have seen this before in Nature, in the leafy description* of Dreadnoughtus, although that time the article was published under CC-BY-NC 4.0. I say, good job to the authors Lindsay Zanno, Susan Drymala, Sterling Nesbitt, and Vincent Schneider, and hurray to open access.
*How many bad jokes can you get out of this name, seriously?
- Zanno, L.E.; Drymala, S.; Nesbitt, S.J.; Scheider, V.P. (2015). “Early crocodylomorph increases top tier predator diversity during rise of dinosaurs”. Scientific Reports: Nature 5 (9276). doi:10.1038/srep09276.