Using Open Content Licences
- You can only place your work under an Open Content licence if you have not granted exclusive rights of use to anyone else. So, if you have already published your work with a publisher, for example, you would need to check whether this is possible.
- You should also check in advance whether your institution or research funding organization has specific requirements for the type of licence. This is especially important to consider for collaborative projects.
- For licensing, proceed as follows: Provide an appropriate reference to the selected licence and a link to the licence text when publishing. If an appropriately licensed Open Access publication is reused, at least the source must be cited with a link and the specified licence, as well as any modifications.
There are various tools and overviews that support you in selecting a suitable Creative Commons licence:
- Creative Commons License Chooser
- Open Content – A Practical Guide to Using Creative Commons Licences
- Guide to Creative Commons for Scholarly Publications and Educational Resources
You can find more information about legal issues in connection to Open Access – for Germany, Austria and Switzerland respectively – on the website of open-access.net.