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Springer OA titles move to CC-BY 4.0 licence

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Articles submitted to BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, and SpringerOpen journals from 03 February 2014 onwards will be subject to the new CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons Attribution licence. This also applies to open-access articles published in the majority of Springer’s subscription-based journals using the Open Choice option. The new licence is said to be more digital-friendly, and includes a simplified attribution requirement.

For BioMed Central and Chemistry Central, this will mean works will be published under a combined Creative Commons Attribution licence for published articles and Creative Commons CC0 waiver for published data, for instance, in tables and supplementary material. For SpringerOpen and Springer Open Choice, all content will fall under the CC-BY 4.0 licence.