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Open Access Books Creative Commons Licenses Options

As an author, when you choose to publish your book or chapter open access you retain copyright of your work. At Taylor & Francis we offer full flexibility with the license types available to fit you and your funder needs.

Which license does Taylor & Francis Books Open Access use?

Taylor & Francis Books Open Access titles are published under a Creative Commons license as standard. Our preferred license is Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license. Under this license, others may download your work and share it as long as they credit you, but they can't change it in any way or use it commercially. The license also allows for text- and data-mining of your works. The full legal code is available here.

We are flexible on the specifics of the Creative Commons license for your OA book based on funder and author needs. Below you can find the alternative licences available, contact your editor for more details.


Q. Why CC BY-NC-ND?
It is our view that this license provides the best combination of dissemination and protection, particularly for our authors in humanities and social sciences.

It was our authors’ stated preference in the Open Access Survey: Exploring the views of Taylor & Francis and Routledge authors which corroborated the OAPEN-UK HSS Researcher Survey Results by JISC Collections.

We believe that we are offering the licensing option that best respects our authors’ preferences and practical considerations but we are prepared to discuss other licensing options based on funder’s policies.

Alternative Creative Commons License available

Attribution (CC BY)
Others can distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.

Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)
Others can remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially. Although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND)
Others can download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially. The license also allows for text- and data-mining of your works.