Funders requiring a CC BY licence for books

Certain research funders require that grantees publish under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (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 licence applies only where IDRC has paid the BPC.

Other licence requirements

The Wellcome Trust has a strong preference for open access monographs and book chapters to be published under a CC BY licence, but will accept non-commercial and/or no-derivatives licences, 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 licence. 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 licence (Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial licence) 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 Nature

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

For more information on OA licensing options in Springer Nature books and chapters see our book policies page.

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

NOTE: 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.