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Creative Commons Licenses[edit | edit source]

HGAPS works to share information and encourage others to share their information. Using creative commons licenses allows others to easily use, remix, and distribute information.

Important: READ the article before continuing; and here is a slide set presented at the American Psychological Association convention (with a CC BY 4.0 license, so you are free to remix and reuse with attribution).

Types of Licenses[edit | edit source]

The spectrum of different creative commons licenses which provide different functionality and sharing privileges.
  • Attribution - allows for the sharing of work that is copied or adapted to be shared in any context as long as it is attributed to the original author
  • Share alike - only allows adapted versions of the work to be shared under an identical license
  • Non-commercial - the work or an remix of the work can be used only in non-commercial contexts
  • No derivative works - no remixes of the work can be shared, only the original work

Licenses can be used together or alone.[1]

The Public Domain[edit | edit source]

This allows your work to be used without any attribution and in any way (i.e., you do not own this work, even if it is original, and cannot claim this work as intellectual property).

Things to keep in mind[edit | edit source]

You may think, “I want to make sure my work is kept free and open access, warranting a share alike license”. However, the share alike license will actually prevent people from using your resources. Although HGAPS’s goal is to keep everything free, we also want to make sure our resources are disseminated as widely as possible, this includes reaching researchers publishing in paid journals. Share-Alike (SA) licenses prevent use of the information for commercial use if the information was originally shared for non-commercial use (researchers in publishing in paid journals would be unable to use our resources in their work). We want as many people as possible to be able to access the best psychological information. It is important to stress in your work that you wish it to remain free, if possible.

For HGAPS[edit | edit source]

HGAPS work should have an Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). While the text "CC BY 4.0" and the the Author’s name are enough from a legal perspective, it is helpful to include additional details (Username, or other identifying information) and a location for an "official" original version. This could be a personal or lab web page; HGAPS often uses the Open Science Framework (OSF) to host the "original" version. OSF is more work, but offers advantages in terms of version control, being able to control access to files if needed, and potentially even giving the product it's own DOI.

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  1. "Creative Commons license". Wikipedia. 2020-07-30.