Answered By: Ellen Phillips
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2018     Views: 4

Some articles made available by BU under this policy will appear with a publisher’s copyright statement in addition to a Creative Commons license. The publisher’s copyright statement may indicate that the author has transferred copyright to the publisher, or that copyright is expected to be transferred. Because the BU Open Access Policy operates automatically to give BU a license to any scholarly articles faculty members complete after its adoption, BU’s license predates this transfer of copyright to a publisher. Therefore, while the article’s copyright is held by the publisher, that copyright is subject to BU’s pre-existing license.


BU has chosen to distribute articles under its Open Access Policy using one of the standard Creative Commons licenses: the Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. A CC license appearing with an article determines how the article may be used. This particular CC license means that you are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit the work) and remix (adapt) the work under the following conditions:

  • Attribution: You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggest that they endorse you or your use of the work);
  • Noncommercial: You may not use this work for commercial purposes;
  • Share Alike: If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

The CC license appearing on OpenBU applies to the version of the article made available at OpenBU, and not to any version made available on a publisher’s website. A publisher may also assign a CC license to their version/copy of the article; the two are separate for the purposes of Creative Commons licensing.



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