Individual users who currently use or plan to use the Lens.org platform for commercial purposes must have commercial use permissions to do so. You can take up a subscription or ask your institution to do so. Taking up a subscription will ensure that your use follows the Lens terms and help to maintain the sustainability of the Lens. An annual subscription to an individual commercial use agreement is $1,000 USD / year.
However, The Lens commits to finding a way to subsidize the price or otherwise provide access if the user can demonstrate that they cannot afford the suggested price. Funds from commercial use licenses go towards supporting equitable access to FAIR and open innovation knowledge. Tied to an individual user’s account, the single-seat, non-transferable license allows individuals to use The Lens platform and Metadata in their professional work or business to support professionals, consultants and attorneys working across the research and innovation sectors.
After you register for a free Lens account, you can find a payment prompt on your account page. Click on the “subscribe” button to complete the subscription.
How to Use
Annual subscriptions are available for commercial use licenses for a single user account. To subscribe, you will need to register for a free Lens account, you can then subscribe from your account page by following the payment prompts. The payment is done in four different steps:
Here you confirm that you have read and agreed to the Individual Commercial Use Agreement. We also provide frequently ask questions that ma provide common answers for common questions.
Here the user must confirm their personal details including their first name and the last name. We do this to fulfil and verify your account details against payment details.
Here the user must provide the location detail including their country and Post/ZIP code. This information is collected to keep the user’s payment secure and combat fraud. Once the location is confirmed you need to follow the payment prompt.
After the payment is processed, subscription will be activated. User can review the commercial use agreement or subscription details anytime from their account. User can view their invoices and receipts on the subscription tab on the account setting page.
Renewal of Subscription
Renewal payments of the subscription are not automatic. You will receive a reminder email one month before the end of your subscription to renew and authorize payment.