Open access rights and licence information

Version dated: 18 September 2020

The table below sets out a basic overview of the type of use each licence allows (the full licence terms should be checked prior to use and adhered to fully):

Licence type Allows commercial reuse? Allows non-commercial reuse? Allows derivative works?

 

CC BY Yes Yes Yes

 

CC BY-NC-SA No Yes Yes

 

CC BY-NC-ND No Yes No

 

Please refer to our Permissions section for information on how to request permission from IOP.

CC BY licence (current)

Articles published by IOP under the gold open access model are currently published under a CC BY licence. This grants everyone (both authors of the article and anyone else) the rights to use original content from the article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes) and to share the article after publication, provided the CC BY licence terms are fully adhered to.

The CC BY licence allows you to:

  1. Copy, distribute and transmit the Final Published Version of the article and/or the Version of Record
  2. Share the Final Published Version and/or the Version of Record of the article online at any time after publication by IOP
  3. Make and distribute adaptations of the article and
  4. Reuse original figures/text from the article for any purpose (including commercial)

on the condition that (see licence for full terms):

  1. Attribution to the author(s), the title of the work, journal citation and DOI is maintained
  2. A link to the licence is provided and
  3. You indicate if any changes were made.

Please note that you must still obtain express permission from the copyright owner to reuse any third party content contained within the article (as content which is not original to the article will not be covered by the CC BY licence).

CC BY-NC-SA licence (prior to 2013)

Articles published under the gold open access model that were submitted to IOP journals prior to November 2012 were published under a CC BY-NC-SA licence (you should check the licence of articles published around this time on the article itself prior to use, as licences may vary around this time). This licence only allows reuse for non-commercial purposes.

The CC BY-NC-SA licence allows you to:

  1. Copy, distribute and transmit the Final Published Version and/or the Version of Record of the article for non-commercial purposes
  2. Post the Final Published Version and/or the Version of Record of the article in a non-commercial repository at any time after publication by IOP (see our Author Rights Policy for information on commercial repositories) provided it is posted under the CC BY-NC-SA licence
  3. Make and distribute adaptations of the article for non-commercial purposes and
  4. Reuse original figures/text from the article for non-commercial purposes

on the condition that (see licence for full terms):

    1. Attribution to the author(s), the title of the work, journal citation and DOI is maintained
    2. A link to the licence is provided
    3. You indicate if any changes were made
    4. Any adaptation of the article is distributed under the same or a similar licence and
    5. The content is only used for non-commercial purposes (note that publishing a research article or a figure in another publication is deemed to be commercial use)

If you wish to use the content licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA licence for commercial purposes then you must obtain the express permission of the copyright owner. 

Please note that you must still obtain express permission from the relevant copyright owner to reuse any third party content contained within the article (as content which is not original to the article will not be covered by the CC BY-NC-SA licence). 

CC BY-NC-ND licence

Authors publishing in select The Electrochemical Society (ECS) journals may choose to publish under either a CC BY licence or a CC BY-NC-ND licence when publishing on a gold open access basis. Articles published under a CC BY-NC-ND licence may only be used for non-commercial purposes and no derivative works may be shared.

The CC BY licence allows you to:

  1. Copy, distribute and transmit the Final Published Version and/or the Version of Record of the article for non-commercial purposes and
  2. Post the Final Published Version and/or the Version of Record of the article in a non-commercial repository at any time after publication by IOP (see our Author Rights Policy for information on commercial repositories)

on the condition that (see licence for full terms):

  1. Attribution to the author(s), the title of the work, journal citation and DOI is maintained
  2. A link to the licence is provided
  3. You indicate if any changes were made and
  4. The content is only used for non-commercial purposes (note that publishing a research article or a figure in another publication is deemed to be
    commercial use).

If you wish to use the content licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND licence for commercial purposes, or if you wish to share adaptations of content published under a CC BY-NC-ND licence, even for non-commercial purposes, then you must obtain the express permission of the copyright owner.

Please note that you must still obtain express permission from the relevant copyright owner to reuse any third party content contained within the article (as content which is not original to the article will not be covered by the CC BY-NC-ND licence).