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Open Access: OA Copyright

This guide provides information and resources in open access and scholarly publishing.

Creative Commons

Open access articles are published under a Creative Commons license. Moving from "All rights reserved" to "Some rights reserved", Creative Commons helps authors legally share their knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. Under CC license, the author always retains the copyright of the works. 

There are many types of licenses under Creative Commons, among which CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) is the most popular one. OA articles published under the terms of CC BY license permits others to use, distribute and reproduce in any medium, even commercially, as long as the original work is properly cited. Always check publisher's copyright and licensing policies before you publish in open access (see an example from Wiley).
 

Creative Commons Licenses Overview

Comparison of CC licenses. CC BY is the most "free" license while CC BY-NC-ND is the most strict one. 
Among all, CC BYCC BY-NCCC BY-NC-ND are most commonly used licenses by publishers. 
  Read, Download, Print Share,
Distribute
Reuse, Build on
(non-commercially)
Tweak, Remix, Translate Reuse Commercially

CC BY

Attribution 
CC BY

 

CC BY-SA

Attribution-ShareAlike 
CC BY-SA

     

Adapted versions must be shared under CC BY-SA or a compatible license. (General license of Wikipedia)

 

CC BY-ND

Attribution-NoDerivs 
CC BY-ND

      X  

CC BY-NC

Attribution-NonCommercial 
CC BY-NC

X

CC BY-NC-SA

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 
CC BY-NC-SA

     

Adapted versions must be shared under CC BY-SA or a compatible license. (General license of Wikipedia)

X

CC BY-NC-ND

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 
CC BY-NC-ND

X X

(Source: Creative Commons - About The Licenses)

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Publisher/Journal Copyright Policies

Every publisher and journal has different copyright policies regarding self-archiving.

Check SHERPA/RoMEO database to find out the copyright policies of the journal or publisher you publish with.

SHERPA/RoMEO

Copyright Infographics