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Open Access: Creative Commons licenses

Creative Commons license

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With the Creative Commons copyright licenses you can share your copyright and make your work open for users. Using a Creative Commons licence does not mean you have to give up your rights, but that you give other people the right to use your work according to the conditions you have stipulated

Use the same license for all materials of your research in order to provide a better open process for the life-span of all your research.

How to select a CC license

Creative Commons license selection process is based on Tarmo Toikkanen's image, 2014, CC0, and inspired by ImagOA - Open Science and Use of Images guide by Jenni Mikkonen, Mari Pesola, Maria Rehbinder, Marika Sarvilahti, Metropolia, Valovirta Design, Jorgos Hatzikelis, Ulla Timonen ja Mikko Multanen.

Creative Commons Licenses

Fully Open Access or hybrid journal articles are often published under Creative Commons licenses. In some cases it is the authors who choose under which CC license  the article will be published. All Creative Commons licenses requires that the authors are credited. The CC0 license is used when the creators need no credit. This is the reason why CC0 is not used in scientific publications.

CC0 (Public Domain) Creative commons license public domain.       

This license grants others worldwide a permit to copy, distribute, modify, and build upon your publication, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Associating CC0 with your publication means no copyright; the publication has been dedicated to the public domain by waiving all of your rights worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

CC BY (Attribution) Creative commons license attribution.        

This is the most common and flexible of all CC-licenses. It allows others to freely copy, distribute, modify and build upon your publication, even commercially. It is required that anyone using the publication gives appropriate credit to the original author. CC BY is recommended for extended distribution and use of any licensed work.

CC BY-ND (Attribution-NoDerivatives) Creative commons license attribution no derivatives.       

This license allows others to freely copy and distribute the publication, even commercially, but if they transform or build upon it, they may not distribute the modified material. Appropriate credit must be given to the creator.

CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial) Creative commons license attribution non commercial.

This license grants others a permit to copy, distribute, modify, and build upon your publication but only non-commercially.  Appropriate credit must be given to the original creator, and the derivative works have to be non-commercial, but they don’t have to be licensed under identical terms.

It may be tricky to draw a line between what is and what is not commercial. It may be tricky to draw a line between what is and what is not commercial. Social media services such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley are widely seen as commercial sharing networks.  Sharing articles by uploading them in these commercial services are forbidden. CC BY-NC license prevents sharing or uploading the articles to these commercial services.

CC BY-SA (Attribution-ShareAlike) Creative commons license attribution share alike.

This license allows others to copy, distribute, modify and build upon your work, even commercially. The only condition is that they give an appropriate credit to creator. All new derivatives must be licensed as the original. Therefore any CC BY-SA works will have the same license.

This CC-license is used e.g. by Wikipedia, and it is most suited for collaborative projects.

 

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NoDerivatives NonCommercial) Creative commons license attribution no derivatives non commercial.  

This license allows others to copy, distribute, modify, and build upon your publication but only non-commercially. All new derivatives must be licensed as the original. Appropriate credit must be given to the creator.

CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives) Creative commons license attribution non commercial no derivatives.

This license allows others to freely copy and distribute the work, but only non-commercially. If they transform or build upon it, they may not distribute the modified material. Appropriate credit must be given to the creator.