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All open access articles, books and book chapters published under the Springer imprint are published under Creative Commons licenses. Publishing an article or book/book chapter with open access leaves the copyright with the author. 

Authors can choose to publish their book or book chapter open access under our Springer imprints. Authors can also choose to publish their article open access in Springer’s Open Choice program, which includes Springer's hybrid and transformative journals or one of our SpringerOpen journals

Open access articles and book/book chapters* are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which allows users to read, copy, distribute and make derivative works from the material, as long as the author of the original work is cited.

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