Author's rights and publishing contract
The publishing contract specifies the details of which exploitation rights remain with the authors.
Scientific publishers often secure the exclusive rights of use to a work. This means that on conclusion of the contract, they have the sole right to use a work.
TU Darmstadt recommends that only the simple right of use be transferred.
TU Darmstadt's Open Access Policy
By signing the Berlin Declaration, TU Darmstadt agreed to the definition of Open Access contained therein. The (opens in new tab) provides further details on how it is implemented. Open Access Policy
The following legal requirements apply when publishing scientific works within the meaning of the : Berlin Declaration
“The authors and copyright holders of such publications grant all users free, irrevocable, worldwide access to these publications, and allow them to copy, use, distribute, transmit and publicly reproduce them – in any medium and for any responsible purpose – and to create and distribute adaptations thereof provided that authorship is correctly indicated.”
Authors of works may grant various rights of use with standardised and globally distributed licences from the non-profit organisation Creative Commons. Only two licences are considered Open Access-compliant. Your authorship will also be strengthened by a Creative Commons licence because it means you have to be named as the author every time it is used.
Not Open Access-compliant
– Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC 4.0 International
– Attribution-NoDerivatives; no editing CC BY-ND 4.0 International
– Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike, transfer under the same terms CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International
– Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives, no editing CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International
TU Darmstadt recommends the CC BY licence.