Decide which license to give your work

As an author you always retain the copyright when you publish at LiU E-press, and all publications are published with Open Access. However, we also recommend that you assign a license to your work. You can here find a general guide to Creative commons licenses and read about the licenses you can choose when publising at LiU E-press.

General guide to Creative Commons licenses

Licenses at LiU E-press

You choose a license by filling in the publication agreement that you send to us and by including the license you have chosen in the publication. Here is a guide how to assign a license to your work: Choose license

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) (Recommended)

Is the most open license. If you assign this licence to your work, anyone can spread it further and build on it even if they would make money from it. However, they always need to give you credit for your work and refer to it. This license is today recommended by many research funders and has become the standard for Open Science.

Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial (CC BY NC)

This was previously the standard license for works published by LiU E-press. The difference from CC BY is that it is not permitted to distribute the work for commercial purposes. This may limit the possibility of e.g. spreading the work on social platforms. But just like for CC BY, you must always be credited for your work.

No license

You also have the option to choose not to assign a license to your work. We then publish it freely available online, but we say nothing about what anyone may or may not do with the work. You retain the copyright (unless you have agreed on it with another party, such as a company), and you decide on a case-by-case basis what others may do with your work.

Contact us if you have further questions.