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Open access

This guide provides information about open access and new models of scholarly publishing, funding policies and compliance, and issues associated with copyright.

Open access and Copyright

While open access relies on the consent of copyright holders to share their work, making material open access will not deprive copyright holders of any rights. Copyright laws still apply.

Authors can choose to attach creative commons licenses to their work. All CC licenses carry the condition of attribution which protects an author’s moral rights in their work. The application of a CC license removes the need to ask for permission to use an article, while protecting the author’s copyright. The copyright owner of a work thus consents to publish their work openly by applying an open license to their work to indicate that choice. Users must respect the terms of the license or they will infringe the terms of the license.


Copyright and ACU Research Bank

Copyright Takedown Notice

If you believe that a copyright work is available in ACU Research Bank in such a way that constitutes a copyright infringement, or a breach of an agreed license or contract, please contact ACU Library Research Services.

Creative Commons

Creative commons have developed a series of licenses that cater for the various access and re-use wishes of copyright owners. Offering your work under a Creative Commons license does not mean giving up your copyright; it means permitting users ot make use of your material in various ways, but only under certain conditions.

There are six basic licenses that you can apply to your work, and they give users certain rights to use, share, attribute or distribute your work, depending on your wishes.

Creative Commons License Chooser Learn more about Creative Commons and decide which license is the best choice for your work.