Open Access & Article Sharing

Atlantis Press is a global open access publisher of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information. This means that all articles which are published in journals or proceedings series on our platform are open access and freely available from the moment of publication. We also believe that scholarly research is by its nature collaborative and that sharing of information is a crucial factor for advancing human knowledge and understanding. Atlantis Press is therefore a signatory of the STM Association’s Voluntary Principles for Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks as well as a member of the Coalition for Responsible Sharing.

Open Access and User Licenses

All articles on the Atlantis Press platform are “gold” open access and therefore freely available in perpetuity from the moment of publication with a Creative Commons (CC) end-user license attached. Under this model the costs of publishing can be covered either by Article Publication Charges (APCs) to Authors (or rather Authors’ institutions or research funders) which can vary by journal, or by the society or institution which owns and funds the journal, or a combination of both. Note that no fees will be charged for rejected articles and no surcharges will apply for the length of an article, for illustrations and figures (including color figures), and for supplementary data unless noted otherwise (refer to a publication’s Author Guidelines for further details). Moreover, the following article types will be exempted from paying any charges: editorials, corrigenda, errata, corrections, retractions and letters to/from the Editor.

Creative Commons user licenses define how readers can reuse open access articles published on our platform. Note that user licenses can differ per publication: for Atlantis Press proprietary journals and proceedings series a CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial) license usually applies, but third-party-owned publications may prefer to attach different user licenses to their content. Please refer to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ for an overview of all Creative Commons user licenses and to a publication’s Author Guidelines for further details on which user license may apply for a particular journal or proceedings. Note that once applied a Creative Commons user license is non-revocable and we therefore recommend Authors to check if their funding body requires a specific license. See the Creative Commons website for more information about what to consider before applying a user license (both for licensors and licensees).

Copyright is a legal intellectual property right, existing globally in many countries, which grants the creator(s) of an original work exclusive rights to determine and decide whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others. Hence it governs how Authors (as well as their employers or funders), Publishers and the wider general public can use, publish and distribute articles.

In order for Atlantis Press to publish and disseminate research articles, we need publishing rights. For Atlantis Press proprietary journals and proceedings series this is determined by a publishing agreement between the Authors and Atlantis Press. As Atlantis Press is an open access publisher, this means that Authors sign an exclusive license agreement in which Authors retain copyright but license exclusive rights in their article to the Publisher. In this case, Authors have the right to:

  • Use their article, in full or in part, for a wide range of scholarly, non-commercial purposes, such as for use in classroom teaching (including distribution of copies, paper or electronic), distribution of copies (including through e-mail) to known research colleagues for their personal use (but not for commercial use), inclusion in a thesis or dissertation (provided this is not to be published commercially), use in a subsequent compilation of the Author’s works, extending the article to book-length form, preparation of other derivative works (but not for commercial use) and otherwise using or re-using portions or excerpts in other works. In all such cases it is expected that the Author includes a link to the final published version of the article on the Atlantis Press platform.
  • Share their article in the same ways as permitted to third parties under the relevant user license so long as it contains the applicable end-user license (refer to the previous section above) and a DOI link to the final published article on the Atlantis Press platform.
  • Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).
  • Proper attribution and credit for the published work.

Note that third-party-owned journals may have different publishing agreements in which copyright can either be retained by the Authors or be vested in the third party (either a society or institution) that owns the journal. Please refer to a publication’s Author Guidelines for publication-specific copyright information. Also note that different publishing agreements may apply to Authors who are government employees (e.g. U.S. government employees whose works created within the scope of their employment are considered to be public domain) or employees of certain inter-governmental organizations (e.g. the World Bank or World Health Organization).

Exclusive rights granted to the Publisher under the publishing agreement between Authors and Atlantis Press are:

  • The exclusive right to publish and distribute an article, and to grant rights to others, including for commercial use of the article.
  • The right to publish the article on our online platform and to apply the relevant user license under which readers can use and share the article.
  • The right to provide the article in all forms and media so that the article can be used with the latest technologies even after publication.
  • The authority to enforce rights on the article, on behalf of the Author(s), against third parties, for example, in the case of plagiarism or copyright infringements. If an Author becomes aware of possible plagiarism, fraud or copyright infringements, it is expected that he/she will inform the Editor who will in turn involve the Atlantis Press publishing contact for the publication with a request to liaise with our in-house legal department.

Article Sharing

Atlantis Press is a signatory of the STM Voluntary Principles for Article Sharing on Scholarly Collaboration Networks as well as a member of the Coalition for Responsible Sharing. We believe that scholarly sharing is essential to maximize the dissemination of knowledge and to enable research collaboration. Authors who publish in Atlantis Press publications can share their research in various ways depending on the article version they wish to share:

  • Preprints. Authors can share their preprint anytime anywhere. If accepted for publication, we encourage Authors to link from the preprint to the final published article via its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Millions of researchers have access to formal publications, so these links will help users to find, access, cite and use the best available version. Note that some society-owned journals, as well as journals which operate double- or triple-blind peer review, may have different preprint policies which can be found on the relevant journal’s homepage if applicable. Under no circumstances should preprints be added to or enhanced in any way to appear more like, or to substitute for, the final versions of articles.
  • Accepted Manuscripts. Authors can share their accepted manuscript immediately via their non-commercial personal homepage or blog, by updating a preprint with the accepted manuscript in preprint databases such as arXiv or RePEc, by providing copies to their students or to research collaborators for their personal use, via their institutional repository or other non-commercial hosting platforms or via commercial sites with which Atlantis Press has an agreement. In any case, accepted manuscripts should: (a) link to the final published article via its DOI; (b) bear a valid Creative Commons user license; (c) if aggregated with other manuscripts, for example in a repository or other site, be shared in alignment with our hosting policy; (d) not be added to or enhanced in any way to appear more like, or to substitute for, the final published article.
  • Final Published Articles (a.k.a. ‘versions of record’). These may be shared according to the relevant user license and should contain the applicable end-user license and a DOI link to the citable version of record on the Atlantis Press platform. Note that this means that any articles bearing a non-commercial (NC-designated) Creative Commons license cannot be shared publicly on commercial platforms or scholarly collaboration networks such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu.

For more information about all aspects of scholarly sharing and for practical tools on how and where an article can be shared, please visit http://www.howcanishareit.com/.