Setting up a license


With the new Terms of Use (TOU) coming into effect in early 2023, all OpenEdition Journals and OpenEdition Books sites will be required to display a license.

If no license is filled in when the new TOU come into force, then the default licence for each platform will apply to new publications and documents. Anything previously published will retain its license, if it was already set (such as the OpenEdition Books licence which applies to all books which aren’t Creative Commons)1, or will be “All rights reserved” for OpenEdition Journals.

Default licences and exceptions

Exceptions to the default licenses are however possible. As a reminder, here are the licences and exceptions accepted by platform:

Example of an exception
A site is licensed under CC BY-SA but an article or book is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.
→ This licence must then be filled in at the level of the article or book in question, in the editing form before publication, via a double-column selector.

Capture of license choice in the book editing form

Capture of license choice in the article editing form


Illustrations may be under a different regime than the text of the book or article. The licence of the document therefore applies unless otherwise stated.
Example of a different regime for an illustration
A CC BY book contains illustrations (chart, table, image, etc.) under “All rights reserved”. The mention “All rights reserved” must then be indicated in the “Illustration credits”.


As of now, it is possible to choose the default license for the site. To do this, simply send a message to the usual contact address (books-support[at] for OpenEdition Books and revues[at] for OpenEdition Journals) with the following information:

  • the name of the site concerned and its URL;
  • the chosen license;
  • from when the license applies (for future publications only or also for documents already published, with the agreement of the authors).

Evolution of the choice of license

Subject to the agreement of the authors, the license can evolve over time towards a greater openness but it is not possible to restrict the possibilities of use already offered.
Example of evolution
A statement “All rights reserved” can be changed to a CC BY-SA license. On the other hand, content published under a CC BY license cannot be changed to a CC BY-NC-ND license.

Embedding a book or chapter on a page

On OpenEdition Books, the HTML version of books and chapters can be displayed by anyone on another website, using the iframe sharing feature.


For more information on licensing:

  1. This license allows all open access and freemium books to be deposited in the Directory of Open Access Books. []

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