Open Access Licence Agreement

We publish our Open Access content under a Creative Commons (CC) licence. Creative Commons licences allow authors to retain copyright of their work, while allowing others to distribute, copy and make some uses of their work.

We are happy to adopt the CC licence required by your research funder, institution or IGO.  If there is no preference the standard licence agreement we use for Open Access publications is the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), the full text of which can be found at

This license means that the book, article or chapter cannot be republished and sold commercially or changes made to your published text without permission and ensures the author and publisher retain a greater amount of control without restricting sharing and use of the work in its original form.

If you would like to use a different licence which permits a greater degree of flexibility, have specific funder requirements or work for an IGO please discuss this with your Commissioning Editor when you submit a proposal.


Obtaining permissions for third party materials used in your book

It may be more difficult or more expensive to obtain permission to reuse materials (including your own writing published by third parties) in an Open Access book that will be freely available online.

When you obtain permissions you must ensure that you explicitly state that it is for an Open Access publication. If the material you wish to reuse in your work was originally published in an Open Access title you may still need to obtain permission. This depends on the nature of the CC license the work is published under and also whether the material you wish to use was originally published elsewhere. If in doubt you should obtain permissions.