While an image may not be part of a library subscription, it may still have a license from Creative Commons. Using a Creative Commons license is an alternative way to alert users to what they can or cannot do with the image.
There are six different Creative Commons license available to users. It is good to be familiar with what the different licenses mean and what they look like. Each license will be discussed below.
The first three licenses are less restrictive and therefore more appropriate for re-using images for submitting an article to a journal.
In all of the CC licenses listed, it is best practice to attribute the original creator.
Best practices of attribution are:
The purpose of this guide is to provide resource and information for resolving image use questions. This research guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.