Copyright and Licensing
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.
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/
This is defined as journals where the copyright holder of a scholarly work grants
usage rights to others using an open license (Creative Commons or equivalent)
allowing for immediate free access to the work and permitting any user to read,
download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl
them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful
This license lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your work, even
commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This license offers
for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
- Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
- Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even