Copyright, Licensing, and Open Access


  1. The Author assigns to Anthropoetics the right to publish and distribute his/her manuscript and to create a derivative work from said manuscript. The assignment shall be effective so long as Anthropoetics is available on computer networks.
  2. The Author shall remain the sole owner of his/her manuscript and the copyright in that manuscript. The author may publish the manuscript in any other journal or medium but such publication must include notice that the manuscript was first published by Anthropoetics. The citation should also include the original publication’s URL.
  3. Anthropoetics readers may copy or download the paper from the network and refer readers to Anthropoetics URLs. Any other distribution or publication of said paper not meeting the requirements of fair use by readers shall constitute an infringement of the Author’s copyright. The Author agrees to hold Anthropoetics harmless for any unauthorized use of the paper by its readers.[1]
  4. Anthropoetics authors may deposit a copy of their works in institutional repositories or other Open archives per recommendations in the original Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002);[2] however, authors agreeing to publish in Anthropoetics must include a notice with the article that refers readers to the original Anthropoetics article web address and encourages readers to cite the copy of record.


Authors may choose to make their work available under one of the array of Creative Commons licenses[3] insofar as the provisions of the chosen license:

  • do not conflict with the distribution provision of Anthropoetics’ agreement with authors (e.g., a CC-BY license will necessitate appropriate changes to the agreement between authors and Anthropoetics); and
  • do not infringe on the rights of creators who have granted authors permission to publish their work in Anthropoetics (permission to use third-party material may of course be granted using Creative Commons licensing).

Anthropoetics will mark all articles with the Creative Commons license chosen by the author and will embed a statement of the license in the PDF of record that is posted online and submitted to the United States Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. Authors depositing their work in institutional repositories should provide this PDF of record to the repository.

Anthropoetics is happy to work with authors to respect the integrity of their work and to make it broadly and freely available. Authors wishing to use a Creative Commons license or to alter the default publication arrangement with Anthropoetics should inform Anthropoetics of their intentions as soon as possible in the editorial workflow.

Open Access

Anthropoetics was founded at UCLA in 1995 on the basic principles of making content openly and freely available for a world-wide readership well before the 2002 Budapest Open Access Initiative.[4]

Since its founding, Anthropoetics has adhered to the following principles:

  • Issues are published and made immediately available without embargo.
  • No subscription fees[5] are or ever have been charged for free and full access to content.
  • No article processing charges (APCs) are or have ever been required of authors.


[1] This policy deviates from the letter of the narrowed definition of “open access” articulated in the BOAI15 statement on Open Access. (February 14, 2017) at Anthropoetics seeks to maintain a balance between an author’s bundle of rights, including the integrity of the work, and the fundamental goal of open scholarship shared by Anthropoetics and the open access movement. Authors are free to make their own distribution decisions regarding their own work in keeping with the BOAI15 definition that specifies that, “The only constraint on reproduction and distribution and the only role for copyright in this domain should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

[2] Read the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) at

[3] Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative: setting the default to open. Prologue: The Budapest Open Access Initiative after 10 years (September 12, 2012, Budapest, Hungary) at . See §2. On licensing and reuse, 2.1 .

[4] Read the Original Budapest Open Access Initiative (February 14, 2002, Budapest, Hungary) at

[5] Note that in the early days of open electronic publishing and skepticism regarding the legitimacy of online academic journals, Anthropoetics editors were encouraged to refer to readers as “subscribers.” Happily, these concerns about quality and seriousness of online journals are greatly diminished.