Open publishing means more gray areas with usage and licensing. Sufficient reason to explain these licenses which offer an easy and increasingly common way for you to manifest your consent to Open Access.
An increasing number of journals are moving to license their material more openly. One popular set of licenses was developed by Creative Commons, a non-profit organisation focused on making creative works available for discovery and reuse.
Conditions of reuse
The Creative Commons licenses are well established legal instruments for authors to visualise which rights to reuse the work have been granted. Various Creative Commons licenses have been coined to define different levels of public access and reuse rights. You can find the most important licenses on the UM Library Copyright Information Point © for researchers > Which reuse is free?
Which license is best for scholarly publications?
The answer is perhaps clouded by the range of options available. The most common license for Open Access publishers is the least restrictive: the CC-BY. Articles published by these licenses tend to be more numerous. After all, when citations are the primary goal, giving readers a wide array of options for reuse seems to be the best bet.
Source: Creative Commons Licenses: An Introduction for Researchers (Ben Mudrak | AJE | American Journal Experts)
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