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Terms and conditions associated with the Physics Education Research Topical Group (PERTG) and American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Creative Commons Publication Agreement

Subject to the acceptance of the [above-listed] Paper for publication in the Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, the Rights Holder(s), where applicable, or the Author(s) hereby agrees:

  1. To grant PERTG and AAPT permission to publish the unpublished and original Paper, the abstract forming part thereof, all associated supplemental material, and subsequent, if necessary, errata in the Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY-4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
  2. That further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published paper's title, citation, and DOI.

By signing this Agreement, the Rights Holder(s), where applicable, or the Author(s) jointly and severally represent and warrant that the Paper is original with the author(s) and does not infringe any copyright or violate any other right of any third parties. The signing person(s) also represents and warrants that they have the full power to enter into this Agreement and to make the grants contained herein.

What is a Creative Commons license?
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that provides several alternatives to the traditional copyright agreement, with the goal of maximizing ability to share and use published material legally. PERTG and AAPT are using the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC-BY), the most permissive of the CC licenses, which not only allows copying, transmission, and distribution but also adaptation of papers, with proper attribution.

Is it now required to have the Creative Commons license for PERC Proceedings papers? If so, why?
As of May 1, 2013, all future PERC Proceedings papers will be made available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC-BY) licenses. The effect of this change will be that CC-BY permits copying, transmission, and distribution of papers plus adaptation and reuse, as long as proper credit is given. It also eliminates the need to have a transfer of copyright agreement as the author of the paper maintains the copyright.

How do I provide a proper bibliographic citation and notice of the PERC Proceedings copyright?
Provide the following information in this order:
Authors names, (Year) Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, page numbers, year of publication. "©(year) AAPT PERTG"