Advances in Engineering Innovation

Authors' Licensing


Authors' Licensing

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What is Creative Commons licensing?

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The majority of open access articles published by EWA Publishing are now done so under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. This license allows the author(s) of a work to maintain the sole right to be credited and cited as authors of the work and for everyone (including the authors) to have the rights to distribute, adapt and build upon the work. Further information about the CC BY license is provided below.

There are a number of different types of Creative Commons licenses. These open access licenses remove some of the restrictions applied by copyright law, so that content published under them may be used without permission under certain conditions. These conditions are indicated by initials in the license titles:

  • BY – reuse is only allowed if the original work is appropriately credited
  • NC – reuse is only allowed for non-commercial purposes
  • ND – reuse is only allowed of the work in its entirety – no portions or edits
  • SA – reuse is only allowed if the new work is made available under the same license as the original

There are six main types of Creative Commons licenses. The list below sets out whether you need to obtain permission to reuse work published under any of these licenses.

EWA Publishing's articles published under the gold open access model are currently published under a CC BY license.

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Can I reuse without permission?

  • CC BY – This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation
    • Yes, you can reuse it without permission
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    • Yes, provided the content is then made available under the same license
  • CC BY-NC – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms
    • Yes, for non-commercial use
    • No for commercial use (including publishing in journals/ebooks)
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    • Yes, provided it is the entire work that is reproduced
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    • Yes, for non-commercial use, provided the content is then made available under the same license
    • No for commercial use (including publishing in journals/ebooks)
  • CC BY-NC-SD – This license only allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially
    • Yes, for non-commercial use, provided it is the entire work that is reproduced
    • No for commercial use (including publishing in journals/ebooks)

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