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Open Access Licences at OUP

Articles published under the Oxford Open model are made freely available online immediately upon publication, without subscription barriers to access. Authors who choose to participate in the Oxford Open initiative and pay to have their paper freely available online will be asked to sign an open access licence agreement.

Our Oxford Open journals implement a variety of different Creative Commons licences. Some of our journals offer a single Creative Commons licence, while others may offer a choice of two or three. The licencing options available vary by discipline and are tailored to be most appropriate to the individual journal. Please check the 'Instructions to Authors' page of any journal to find out the exact policy for that title.

The three open access licences which Oxford Open employs are CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, and CC-BY-NC-ND. You can find a summary of each licence below.

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This is the most permissive of the Creative Commons licences and allows for maximum dissemination and use of the licenced work. The licence permits others to use, reproduce, disseminate or display the article in any way, including for commercial purposes, so long as they credit the author for the original creation.

The majority of our journals offer this licence to authors. A small number of our journals charge a higher open access publication charge for use of CC-BY compared to the prices for publication under the other Creative Commons licences. Please visit the ‘Instructions to Authors’ page of an individual journal to find out licence prices.

The CC-BY licence is mandated by the RCUK and Wellcome Trust Policies on Open Access – click here for more information.


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CC BY NC logoThis licence permits users to use, reproduce, disseminate or display the article provided that the author is attributed as the original creator and that the reuse is restricted to non-commercial purposes i.e. research or educational use.

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CC BY NC ND logoThis is the most restrictive of the Creative Commons licences that OUP offers. This licence allows users to download and share the article for non-commercial purposes, so long as the article is reproduced in the whole without changes, and the original authorship is acknowledged.


All Creative Commons licences state that the author’s moral rights are in no way affected by the licence terms.

For more information about Creative Commons licences click here to be redirected to the Creative Commons website.

Oxford Open author self-archiving

Authors who choose to participate in the Oxford Open initiative and pay to have their paper freely available online are also entitled to deposit the final published version of the article into an institutional or centrally organized subject repository, immediately upon publication. This is provided that they include a link to the published version of the article on the journal's website, and that the journal and OUP are attributed as the original place of publication, with correct citations given.

Oxford Journals automatically deposits open access articles in PubMed Central (PMC) for the majority of journals participating in Oxford Open.

Please note: authors not choosing the Oxford Open option should follow the standard post-print archiving policy of the relevant journal. This policy can be found in the journal's Author Instructions, or by contacting Permissions at Oxford Journals.

*A post-print is defined as the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication, including modifications based on referees' suggestions but before it has undergone copyediting and proof correction.

Oxford Journals' compliance with funding bodies

Please see here for more information on compliance with funding requirements.