What is Open Access?
"By 'open access'... we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…". Source: The Budapest Open Access Initiative
“Open Access is free online access to the outputs of publicly funded research. This includes journal articles, conference papers, theses, reports, and any other outputs. Because the research is publicly funded, the principle is to make the results freely and readily available to all. Readers can then access the material and use it for their own teaching and research purposes”. Source JISC
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The CC licences provide a simple standardised way for individual creators, companies and institutions to share their work with others on flexible terms without infringing copyright. The licences allow users to reuse, remix and share the content legally.
Offering your work under a Creative Commons licence does not mean giving up your copyright. It means permitting users to make use of your material in various ways, but only on certain conditions.