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Open Access Resources: Licensing and Copyright

Licensing Issues

  • When your publish an article or book, you will need to sign a contract with the publisher which (usually) requires signing certain rights to the publisher
     
  • Unless you specifically retained the right to post materials to other websites or re-use for other purposes, you generally do not have the right to re-publish your publications.
     
  • If you would like to retain rights to your publications, there is an addendum - http://scholars.sciencecommons.org/ - which authors can attach to their publisher agreements. Creative Commons is in the process of updating this document.  See also the related SPARC Author Addendum.
     
  • CreativeCommons - http://creativecommons.org - also provides a way of licensing your work so that you can make it available to others

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