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With a Creative Commons license you keep your copyright, but communicate to others how they can use your work.
Are you fine with someone using your work for any purpose (classroom teaching, translation, sharing online), but don't want them to be able to use it commercially? CC-BY-NC is the right license for you.
Do you want to allow others to copy, distribute, remix, or perform your work without restrictions? Use CC-BY!
Perhaps you're fine with your research being copied, distributed, and shared, but don't want it to be translated or used for commercial purposes. Then CC-BY-ND is the right license for you.
The Creative Commons license generator will help you choose what Creative Commons license you need!
Below are links to the general copyright and archiving policies for major publishers. If your publisher is not included in this list you can look them up in the Sherpa/Romeo database, or consult the publisher's website.