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Copyright Transfer and Licensing Information


Copyright Transfer

OSA asks all authors of articles for its journals, magazines, and books to sign a Transfer of Copyright. In doing so, an author transfers ownership of his or her article or book to OSA. Ownership of copyright gives OSA the right to publish the article and to defend against improper use (or even theft) of the article. It also permits OSA to mount the article online or to use the article in other forms, such as when a journal article becomes part of a content collection or another derivative product.

OSA needs copyright for an article because, as publisher, the society is in the best position to defend the article legally. In addition, transfer of copyright assures OSA that the work in question is entirely the author's own. Once again, the purpose of transfer of copyright is not to prevent the author from reuse of his or her own work, as long as this doesn't involve republication in a competing journal or other competing resource.

If you send a manuscript to one of OSA's peer-reviewed journals, you will be given the opportunity during submission to agree to our electronic transfer of copyright, or our open access publishing agreement. You should print and send a hard copy of the below forms only if you are unwilling or unable to use the online option.

Open Access Licenses

Open Access Publishing Agreement

OSA's "Copyright Transfer and Open Access Publishing Agreement" (OAPA) is the default option for most authors when publishing in one of our fully open access journals or when opting for open access in our hybrid journals. All articles published under our OAPA are freely accessible, while copyright is transferred to OSA. Authors may post the published version of their article to their personal website, institutional repository, or a repository required by their funding agency. Authors and readers may use, reuse, and build upon the article, or use it for text or data mining, as long as the purpose is non-commercial and appropriate attribution is maintained.

Creative Commons Licensing

OSA is aware that some authors, as a condition of their funding, must publish their work under a Creative Commons license. We therefore offer a CC BY license for authors who indicate that their work is funded by agencies that we have confirmed have this requirement. Authors must enter their funder(s) during the manuscript submission process. At that point, if appropriate, the CC BY license option will be available to select for an additional fee. Any subsequent reuse or distribution of content licensed under CC BY must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI.

Questions regarding Creative Commons, Copyright Transfer, or Open Access Licensing can be directed to copyright@osa.org.

Author and End-User Reuse Policy

Transfer of copyright does not prevent an author from subsequently reproducing his or her article. OSA's Copyright Transfer Agreement, OAPA, and the CC BY license give authors and others the right to reuse the author's Accepted Manuscript (AM) or final publisher Version of Record (VoR) of the article or chapter as follows:


Reuse purpose Article version that can be used under:
Copyright Transfer Open Access Publishing Agreement CC BY License
Reproduction by authors in a compilation or for teaching purposes short term AM VoR VoR
Posting by authors on a non-commercial personal website or closed institutional repository (access to the repository is limited solely to the institutions' employees and direct affiliates (e.g., students, faculty), and the repository does not depend on payment for access, such as subscription or membership fees) AM VoR VoR
Posting by authors on an open institutional repository or funder repository AM after 12 month embargo VoR VoR
Reproduction by authors or third party users for non-commercial personal or academic purposes (includes the uses listed above and e.g. creation of derivative works, translation, text and data mining) Authors as above, otherwise by permission only. Contact copyright@osa.org. VoR VoR
Any other purpose (including commercial reuse) By permission only. Contact copyright@osa.org. By permission only. Contact copyright@osa.org. VoR

In addition, we allow authors to post their manuscripts on the Cornell University Library's arXiv site prior to submission to OSA's journals.

Attribution

Non-open-access articles

If an author chooses to post a non-open-access article published under the OSA Copyright Transfer Agreement on his or her own website, in a closed institutional repository or on the arXiv site, the following message must be displayed at some prominent place near the article and must include a working hyperlink to the online abstract in the OSA Journal:

© XXXX [year] Optical Society of America]. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modifications of the content of this paper are prohibited.

Open access articles

If an author or third party chooses to post an open access article published under OSA's OAPA on his or her own website, in a repository, on the arXiv site, or anywhere else, the following message should be displayed at some prominent place near the article and include a working hyperlink to the online abstract in the OSA Journal:

© XXXX [year] Optical Society of America]. Users may use, reuse, and build upon the article, or use the article for text or data mining, so long as such uses are for non-commercial purposes and appropriate attribution is maintained. All other rights are reserved.

When adapting or otherwise creating a derivative version of an article published under OSAs OAPA, users must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI. Users should also indicate if changes were made and avoid any implication that the author or OSA endorses the use.

CC BY licensed articles

Any subsequent reuse or distribution of content licensed under CC BY must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI. Users should also indicate if changes were made and avoid any implication that the author or OSA endorses the use.

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