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Copyright and Open Access

Copyright and proprietary rights constitute barriers to the spread of published scientific works through open repositories. The author can determine the degree of protection of his/her work through Creative Commons and Science Commons licenses. Then, only the rights of publishers need to be dealt with.

Recently, most publishers allow for self-archiving in various forms, but certain publishers use different policies for their journals. Publisher policies can be verified through the SHERPA/RoMEO database. SHERPA/RoMEO colour-codes publishers on the basis of the permitted e-print form:

  • Green – the author can freely archive the preprint (the version before the review process) as well as the postprint (the final draft of the article after the review process) versions.
  • Blue – the author can freely archive the postprint version or the publisher´s version (final electronic version set in house style and uniform design of the journal).
  • Yellow – the author can freely archive the preprint version.
  • White – archiving is formally not supported.


If the author has not yet signed the license agreement, an annex can be added to such an agreement to provide for a self-archiving exception. A template form of the exception request is available on http://sparc.arl.org/resources/authors/addendum. An annex form based on OpenAIRE regulations is available here.

Please contact the library (digknih@uk.zcu.cz) if you need more information about licenses or need help with resolving license agreements.

Creative Commons Licenses

Since 2002, authors have had a template of a license agreement available. Thanks to the CC License, texts can be unlimitedly distributed on the internet.

A CC license is a public free license which can be used for both material and non-material works.

Types of Creative Commons licenses


The Use of Creative Commons Licenses


All national versions of CC licenses are available on: http://www.creativecommons.cz. You can use the webpage and with a simple set of questions, you can generate a license that will ideally meet your needs.

Science Commons Licenses

Science Commons is a spin-off of the Creative Commons project, launched in 2005; it is mostly concerned with science and, in particular, medicine. The SC license builds on the CC license and seeks to minimize duplication of research programmes, reduce the time delay between a discovery and its publication, remove barriers in sharing research results between institutions, and prevent fragmentation of relevant information resources

Additional information can be found in the article by Lukáš Grubner and the article published by the Iuridicum Remedium Association.

Other Open Content licenses

  • Open Publication License
  • AgainstDRM licensce
  • GNU Free Documentation License
  • OpenGame License
  • Free ArtLicense