Optica was formerly The Optical Society (OSA). This page summarizes the various licenses that apply to Optica Publishing Group journal content, prior to the name change. The articles are published under a variety of licenses, and specific publication rights have been granted to OSA, now Optica Publishing Group, by the authors of the published articles.
More information about Optica Publishing Group's current Copyright Transfer and Licensing Agreements can be found here.
OSA Default License for OSA-Formatted Journal Article PDFs
Unless explicitly licensed for use under a different license, the OSA-formatted journal article PDF is governed by the OSA Copyright Transfer Agreement signed by the author and any applicable copyright laws. If published within a subscription journal, access is further covered by the terms and conditions for using our online journals and our subscriber agreements. 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.
OSA Default License for Accepted Manuscript PDFs
Unless explicitly licensed for use under a different license, the OSA Copyright Transfer Agreement applies to the Accepted Manuscript PDF as well. For articles made publicly accessible through CHORUS, the Accepted Manuscript PDF will be made publicly accessible to nonsubscribers following the embargo period set by each agency.
OSA Open Access License for OSA-Formatted Journal Article PDFs
An OSA-formatted open access journal article PDF may be governed by the OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement signed by the author and any applicable copyright laws. Authors and readers may use, reuse, and build upon the article, or use it for text or data mining without asking prior permission from the publisher or the Author(s), as long as the purpose is non-commercial and appropriate attribution is maintained.
OSA Open Access License for Accepted Manuscript PDFs
The OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement applies to the Accepted Manuscript PDF as well.
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.
Works by Employees of the U.S. Government and Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and United Kingdom Crown
Works authorized exclusively by employees of the U.S. Government and the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and United Kingdom Crown may not be subject to copyright. However, access to those articles published in OSA subscription journals is by subscription only and is subject to the terms and conditions for the usage of our online journals and the OSA subscription agreement.
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