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A License can be official or legal permission to do or own a specified thing, product or material.

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Why don't academics bypass restrictions on the distribution of their papers the same way as an institutional open access policy seems to do?

I've learned that academics can ensure that their papers can be freely distributed, even when those papers are published at places that require transferring copyright, simply by granting a ...
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My code is published as original work by a different group. What should I do?

I've found some code that I've posted online that has a BSD license published in a supplementary material of a different group in a high impact journal. The authors have replaced the name on the ...
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License of code accompanying a published article

Given a paper that introduces a new algorithm and upon publication copyright is transferred to the publisher. Is an implementation of the presented algorithm considered a derivative of the published ...
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What license to choose for my PhD thesis?

I will soon submit my PhD thesis. The thesis is written in Latex and version controlled with git. I want to add a license file, but don't know what to choose. For my software, I choose the permissive ...
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Is there an open-source license that enforces citations?

I build simulations and make them open-source. Depending on the context I either license them with Apache or GPL. I publish the simulation results in paper and link to the code. However sometimes some ...
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Which license should be chosen in arXiv for a paper to be published in Elsevier?

I would like to know what license needs to be chosen in arXiv for a paper that is to be sent to an Elsevier journal. I have read the terms of both arXiv and Elsevier attentively, but I'm still in ...
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Using images with CC-BY-SA license in slides or a thesis

If I am using images with a copyleft license (e.g. CC-BY-SA), each of them as a separate, properly attributed piece, does it mean that the whole work (be it slides, a thesis or a book) need to be ...
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Do Nature journals wrongly claim copyright in their published pdfs?

I just noticed this and I'm slightly confused by a small detail. The Nature Publishing Group states in its Publishing Licences page that the copyright on articles remains with the author: NPG does ...
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How can I find images to use in my thesis that are free/unrestricted by copyright?

I need to add some images to my thesis. I would strongly prefer that these are free (no cost) and not restricted by copyright. I have used Google Image to find images, I don't know how to determine ...
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MathSciNet reviews license

I have been asked to become a MathSciNet reviewer. I personally find the database very useful, but I am a bit held back by the fact the database is kept behind a paywall. What is actually the ...
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Given the traditional ACM copyright license, is it legal to publish the paper on ResearchGate? [duplicate]

The ACM license states (iii) Post the Accepted Version of the Work on (1) the Author's home page, (2) the Owner's institutional repository, (3) any repository legally mandated by an agency ...
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Publishing vs. putting work online under a free license

Suppose a work (a book with abstract math research) is presented as LaTeX source under a copyleft license available at a public Git hosting service. Will scientists be reluctant to cite such a work, ...
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Xilinx university program terms issue

I work at a university and want to get some FPGA development boards sponsored by Xilinx for labs. They have a donation program, so I filled a request. But after the final submission I've been ...
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Will my paper get an ISBN/ISSN number if I upload to arXiv.org?

I want to upload my paper to arxiv.org. I also want to submit the same paper to a conference (computer science/multimedia related). The PC chair informed me that if the paper already has an ISBN/ISSN ...
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What license should be chosen on arXiv for a paper to be published in Communications in Algebra at Taylor&Francis?

I have never been submitting the paper to arXiv so I have a question about what kind of license or declaration I must choose to be able to submit the expanded version of the manuscript, which is soon ...
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Does the ND (NoDerivatives) clause forbid the distribution of any form of text or data mining based on papers with such a license?

I was reading "Your Guide to Publishing Open Access with Elsevier" (URL: https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/181433/openaccessbooklet_May.pdf (mirror)) and saw this table on page 6: ...
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Do publishers care if a book manuscript was freely posted online before submission to the publisher?

Do publishers care if a book manuscript was freely posted online (e.g., made open-access with a CC license) before submission to the publisher?
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Should licensed code be acknowledged in Thesis

When some function library licensed under BSD is used in simulations, should it be acknowledged in Bachelors/Masters Thesis, which have no length restrictions? In this particular case the functions ...
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What criteria need to be matched to be able to distribute a research article openly?

Distributing articles that are not freely available can get you into trouble. However, it is important to share and distribute knowledge. If you are not sure about whether or not you are allowed to ...
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Which license should be chosen in arXiv for reports and preprints to be published in Elsevier?

First, imagine the following scenario: A "report" is first archived in arXiv as version one (v1). From that report, a "preprint" manuscript (with the same title as the report, but probably shorter ...
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Can I include images licensed CC BY-NC 4.0 in a conference paper?

I'm writing an academic paper, which hopefully will be accepted and published in the conference proceeding. In order to explain my idea, I'm also drawing a figure including a free image licensed by ...
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CC-licensing course slides

I would like to share under a Creative Commons license some course material (slides) I created. However, I used (abused?) of duly cited non-cc sources such as books etc. to prepare the course material....
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Are IPython Notebooks code or slides? (for licensing purpose)

I prepared a short tutorial in IPython Notebook and want to release it on an open license. However, as it is something between code and slides, I do not know if Creative Commons licenses are suitable (...
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I chose wrong license during submission on arXiv, what shall I do?

I am a PhD student from computer science and try to submit a paper to IEEE transactions. In addition, I also submitted it to arXiv under the CC0 license (Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication), ...
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Public dataset without license: what is allowed?

Many public scientific datasets are accompanied by a license, for example variations of Creative Commons are used quite often. However, in many cases public academic datasets lack any licensing ...
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Can I put online an accepted paper before the conference?

My paper has been accepted for a conference, I have chosen the ACM "License to Publish" and the publishers are happy with the camera-ready copy. According to the ACM license I may "Post the ...
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Uploading preprints of old Elsevier papers to arXiv, and updating arXiv preprints by newer versions

Let's say that my first scientific paper was published in 2010 in one of the Elsevier mathematical journals. At that time I didn't care about uploading a preprint of the paper to arXiv which I now ...
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OpenStreetMaps in research publications: Is that possible?

In connection with Scholia (https://tools.wmflabs.org/scholia/), we are making OpenStreetMap plots online with the tiler from Wikimedia Foundation. When presented online OSM-derived maps are not a ...
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Can I use decompiled source code for research?

In my research field, software tools are considered a research outcome, and therefore it's normal that researchers build tools and make them publicly available. However, in many cases, the authors ...
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Are there any academic data sets that force users to release any source code written to analyse them?

I am curious to know whether there exists any data set that forces users to publicly release any source code written to analyse it.
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Can I use purchased graphics in an academic paper/poster?

I've purchased a bundle of infographic element sets (templates for charts, graphs etc) which are licensed for personal and commercial use. Would it be generally acceptable to use a template I've ...
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“Internal” license for group software?

I have a question about the use and attribution of internal software tools. We have a model in our group that is very popular and has formed the basis of many student projects and publications. It ...
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Is there a default license for code libraries that accompany scientific research papers

I read a scientific paper, which is accompanied by a code library published by the authors. I couldn't find anything about its license. Could I just reuse the code? Is there a default license for ...
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What images published in arXiv papers can I include in my education material?

I am going to give a course at my company and I'm looking online for images that I can use in my education material. Since many of the most interesting images suitable for this education exist in ...
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What license to choose for a model which we will freely distribute?

My research team has developed a model, analyzed data, and generated results. We are currently in the process of publishing the results -- the article is in review -- and we are preparing to make our ...
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License issue: publishing an image of famous person in the scientific paper

A scientific paper to be published contains an image of someone famous. An image is just picked from the Internet. My questions: Is it a violation to publish such image without permission? From ...
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Include code snippet which is licensed under the MIT License in a paper

My paper is about a software I created which uses part of another software licensed under the MIT license. It is available on Github and includes a copy of the MIT license correctly. Additionally the ...
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Can I use images from an arxiv paper (and some others) in my undergrad thesis?

I want to use images (in their unaltered form) from some arXiv papers (and some other venues) in my undergraduate thesis. For instance, here are the papers from which I'm considering using images: ...
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Am I allowed to my article to researchGate which is so far only published at arXiv?

I understand that in general, it depends on the publishing license of the journal if I am allowed to distribute my article further. However, I want to know if I can upload an article, which I ...
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Open Access for journals : extent of the content remix (CC-BY) license?

I'm a co-editor for an open-access journal (in geography), which is listed on the DOAJ. The scientific committee is somewhat doubtful about the recent change of prerequisites of the DOAJ, especially ...
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Which license should be chosen in arXiv for a paper to be published in IEEE TPDS?

I would like to know what license needs to be chosen in arXiv for a paper that is to be sent to an IEEE journal, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS). Arxiv licenses: non-...
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Does using GPL material in a paper make it impossible to transfer copyright to the publisher?

I am writing a paper, and would like to use some GPL-licensed material I found on the internet; for instance, an image. The GPL requires any work using GPL content to be GPL licensed itself. To my ...
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If an image covers the entire slide, where should I credit the author/licensor in a presentation?

Let's pretend I want to use this image from Wikimedia Commons Here's the license on the image: You are free: to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work to remix – to adapt ...
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How can we perpetuate reproducibility?

Two years ago, Roger Peng discussed in his blog the ramifications of requiring reproducibility for the first producers of research objects, but not for reusers. He then proposed What I think a good ...
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Is software developed by publicly funded research groups legally public domain?

In the United States, if a university lab develops code while receiving public funding, are they legally obligated to release their source code?
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What license to use while putting papers on the Arxiv?

I am new to this and not sure what to make of all the options available. I am interested in putting a machine-learning-related preprint, which will potentially be submitted to places like NIPS/ICLR/...
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Reusing material from paper on website

I have been working extensively on a project for which I have written a couple of papers which still haven't been submitted for publication. I am also preparing a website where I want these materials ...
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Which arXiv license to use for archiving an ACM CSUR journal?

I would like to submit the preprint version of my ACM CSURjournal (used acmsmall format of acmart latex) to arXiv. As of now, the work is peer-reviewed twice ( passed one major and currently in its ...
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Restrictions on use of a commercial database in publications [closed]

I am considering purchasing a commercial database of retail transactions for a certain industry and time period. My intent is to do basic summary statistics and regression analysis, and publish those ...
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Can a University put a Creative Commons document containing a NonCommercial element (NC) behind a wall?

Can a University force web visitors to connect with their University ID to access a document licensed under Creative Commons containing a NonCommercial element (NC)? Enrolling into at University a ...