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Creative Commons licences


Open access literature is published under public copyright licences (such as Creative Commons licences). By using a Creative Commons licence for your publication, you retain all of your rights, but give others permission to disseminate the work, share it with others and – with some licences – to edit the work. With a choice of six standard licences (available free of charge), you can determine the extent to which and under what terms and conditions your work may be further distributed.

Although we encourage choosing the least restrictive license whenever possible (Creative Commons Attribution CC BY), the UG doesn’t have mandatory requirements regarding CC licences. Please consider that your funder might have a specific policy about CC licenses (e.g. cOAlition S funders require the use of CC BY). If you have any doubts about which license to opt for, please contact us or consult the guide above.

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Do you have questions on open access that are specific to your discipline? Contact one of the open access ambassadors at the University's faculties.

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