What is copyright?
Copyright is a type of intellectual property which protects certain sorts of original creative work, including academic articles. Copyright allows the creator of a work to decide whether, and under what conditions, their work may be used, published and distributed by others. As such, it governs how others can use, publish and distribute articles.
Understanding your copyright options as an author is becoming ever more important, especially with the growth of open access publishing.
Open access makes published academic research freely and permanently available online. Anyone, anywhere can read and build upon this research.
In 2002, the Budapest Open Access Initiative set out the potential benefits of unrestricted access to scholarly content:
“accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge.”
The number of authors choosing to publish open access has surged in recent years, seeing it as an opportunity to broaden the impact of their work. Many funders and institutions now also require open access publication of research. However, there is still much variation in the uptake of open access between geographical regions and areas of academic study.
Open access (OA) isn’t just about others being able to read your research without barriers. OA also gives researchers greater opportunity to build upon the work of others. Most OA articles have a Creative Commons license which explains how others can use them. In some cases, it may give complete freedom to reuse and repurpose the published work. Regardless, it’s always necessary to acknowledge the original author.
Horizon has adopted open access research policy. If you choose to publish with us, this would mean you can comply with any funder requirements and ensure your research makes a difference.
To publish an article and make it available online, we need publishing rights from you for that work. We therefore ask authors publishing in Horizon journals to sign an author contract which grants us the necessary publishing rights.
This will be after your manuscript has been through the peer-review process, been accepted and moves into production. Our editorial office will then send you an email with all the details.
Horizon publishes under the open access publishing— Attribution (CC BY) under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Further details. Click here https://creativecommons.org/licenses/