Copyright and publishing licenses detail the policies on intellectual property as the rights for publication, distribution, and use of the published work.
EDP Sciences authors must sign a copyright agreement or license agreement before publication. The details on the journal’s specific agreement can be found on the journal’s author guidelines.

Articles published in a Subscription Journal

For articles not in open access, authors transfer the copyright to EDP Sciences and/or to the owner of the journal (learned society, association). Works authored exclusively by employees of the U.S. Government and the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and United Kingdom Crown may not be subject to copyright transfer.

The appropriate copyright and/or license agreement is sent to Authors at the time of acceptance of their article and is concurrently effective.

Subscription journals have each their own embargo policy.

Some journals publish sections or articles in free access. These articles are available for all to read without a fee but are still subject to the original copyright license. Permission must be sought from the copyright owner to share and adapt the material.

Articles published in Open Access

For open access articles, Authors sign a license to publish under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license that specifies the rights and conditions for users to share and adapt the material. Authors retain the copyright of their article. The type of CC-BY license is detailed on the website of each journal.

EDP Sciences Self-Archiving Policy

Authors can make their article, published by EDP Sciences, available on their personal site, their institution’s web site and Open Archive Initiative sites, provided the source of the published article is cited and the ownership of the copyright clearly mentioned. These must be not for profit sites. Preprint and postprint may be used. Authors are requested to create a link to the publisher’s internet service. The link must be accompanied by the following text “The original publication is available at www….”.
However, reconstitution of the complete journal on a competing open site is not allowed.

If a specific policy on Self-Archiving applies for a given journal, this policy can be found on the journal’s website.

From 1 January 2021, authors supported in whole or in part by cOAlition S organisations or the Wellcome Trust, are entitled to self-archive their author accepted manuscripts (preprint only), without embargo, under a CC BY license or equivalent (or CC BY-ND upon agreement by the cOAlition S Organisation), in an Open Access repository of their choice.