Referencing and Copyright Guidelines

HistorytothePublic.org publishes its content under Creative Commons (CC) licenses. We want to encourage readers to use blog content in the appropriate ways, but not to cite in university essays.

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What CC licensing means for referencing or re-posting the content:

Our articles are not peer-reviewed; instead each author is responsible for accuracy of content. You areĀ  encouraged to be in contact with the author if you want to discuss the topic. If you want to use our material on a university essay, please refer to the reading list at the end of each article instead.

If you want to reference a particular article in your own work (e.g. an essay, article), or re-post sections of an article on another blog, simply ensure you include a reference to the original publication on our website. The format of this will vary according to circumstance (i.e. essay style, online blog type etc.), but covering the four simple main details below is essential:

Author Name, Date of online publication, Article Title, URL Link, date of access and date of publication.

This freedom to re-post or reference the work is exclusively for non-commercial purposes. If any content is to be used for commercial purposes (i.e. for profitable ventures) the express written agreement from the blog editors and the author will be required. Terms of this agreement will be dependent on specific circumstance, which we will be happy to discuss.

What CC licensing means for contributors:

Publishing under a CC license means that your work can be freely disseminated and re-purposed by our readers, as long as it is referenced correctly and for non-commercial purposes. In short, the CC license ensures your work must be correctly attributed to you when it is referenced elsewhere.

In terms of authors reusing their own content in future publications (e.g. prospective journal articles), the CC license offers the flexibility to do so. The specific reference type needed will depend on prospective publication circumstances (e.g. the type of contract between author and future publisher, commercial vs. non-commercial publication), but bibliographical referencing of the appropriate sections in your original blog post will usually suffice.

We are happy to discuss any specific or extraordinary publication arrangements required by academic or other publishers. For example, we can add references to prospective online publications on other websites where appropriate if a blog post is developed into a full-length academic article.