A Creative Commons (CC) license is a public copyright licenses that allows the free public distribution of a person's work under certain limitations. The IAEE adopted the use of a Creative Commons license to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work published in IAEE publications, subject to the election of the author of that work whether or not people are entitled to create derivative products from that published work. Under IAEE’s publication policy, all articles published will either be available under a Creative Commons license immediately on publication (pursuant to the Gold Open Access Policy) or after an embargo period of three years (pursuant to the Green Open Access Policy).
Under IAEE’s adaptation of the Creative Commons license, works published by IAEE (and no longer subject to the embargo period) may be freely used and disseminated provided that:
Therefore, all IAEE articles accepted for publication after March 1, 2014, are designated (after any embargo period) CC-BY indicating that they are free to use under the terms of the Creative Commons license provided attribution is made.
Authors willing to let others make use of their work in derivative articles and products can elect to do so by making no further designations.
However, IAEE authors may elect not to allow derivative works based on, drawing from, or excerpting significant elements of their article, including its charts, tables, graphs, models, and analytical innovations. Those articles whose authors have determined to deny any derivative works are designated CC-BY-NC-ND, standing for Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives.
IAEE publications do not include the Share-Alike (SA) designation obliging users who create derivative works to make those at least as open to the public as the original work, because that could deny IAEE authors the Green Open Access path, which includes the three-year embargo period but avoids any publication cost obligation on the author or the author’s institution.
This policy protects the people who use or redistribute an IAEE author's work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions the IAEE and the author have specified. Further information about the Creative Commons license is available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses.
For details regarding best practices for attribution, and examples of attributions, please visit the Creative Commons article at: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Best_practices_for_attribution.