Open Access Policy

The three Creative Commons Licenses: CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, and CC-BY-NC-ND are used in journals. The Creative Commons website ( explains how these licenses work. Copyright policies vary depending on the publisher and the journal. The most common is CC-BY – short for Creative Commons Attribution License. All open access articles are subject to originality, high-quality peer review, editorial, and production processes.

We realize that access to the published papers is important to authors and readers. Therefore, Environment and Water Engineering, EWE, provide an industry-standard framework to support easy re-use of open access articles. All articles published in EWE, journal are fully open access; immediately freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published in the EWE journal is under the terms of a Creative Commons license 4.0 (CC-By) which permits users to read, print and download, redistribute or republish the article (e.g. display in a repository), translate the article, download for text and data mining purposes, reuse portions or extracts from the article in other works, sell or re-use for commercial purposes. 

An Open Access Publication is one that meets the following two conditions:

  1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship, as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving.

Publishing open access offers a number of benefits, including 1.6x more citations and 4x more downloads of OA articles than non-OA articles. Open access also enables compliance with many major funder policies internationally.