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Funders requiring a CC BY license for OA books

Certain research funders require that grantees publish under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) if opting to publish books via the immediate open access route. These requirements apply to both whole books and book chapters unless otherwise stated.


•    Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
•    European Commission (via FP7 post-grant)
•    Ford Foundation 
•    International Development Research Centre*
•    Research Council of Lithuania
•    World Bank

* The requirement for authors to publish under the CC BY license applies only where IDRC has paid the BPC.


Other license requirements

The Wellcome Trust has a strong preference for open access monographs and book chapters to be published under a CC BY license, but will accept non-commercial and/or no-derivatives licenses, such as CC-BY-NC, or CC-BY-NC-ND. If the publication is indexed in Medline, the Wellcome Trust requires that it is published under a CC BY license. See here for further details.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has a requirement for all book chapters to be published under a CC BY or CC BY-NC license (Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License) where authors choose to publish via the immediate open access route, with a preference for CC BY. 


Meeting CC BY requirements when publishing with Springer

The CC BY license (Creative Commons Attribution v4.0 International License) is the default license for all Springer books and chapters. All authors publishing their book or chapter via immediate open access will be able to meet their funders’ license requirements.


See here for further details on publishing your open access book or chapter with Springer.


Please check your funder’s open access policy for full details of their OA publication and deposition requirements. 



The information on this page reflects research funders’ open access policies to the best of our knowledge. Authors are advised to check open access requirements on funder websites in case of any changes to policies or funding.