Open Access Policy

Since 2008 Landscape Online is listed in the The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) that covers open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. The journal has been awarded the DOAJ Seal for best practice in open access publishing. Journals that adhere to an exceptionally high level of publishing standards and best practice are awarded the Seal as recognition of those efforts. There are seven criteria which a journal must meet to be eligible for the DOAJ Seal. These relate to best practice in long term preservation, use of persistent identifiers, discoverability, reuse policies and authors' rights. 

Landscape Online agrees upon the Berlin declaration on Open Access to Scientific Knowledge and grant all users "a free, irrevocable, worldwide, 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." (The Berlin declaration on Open Access to Scientific Knowledge of 22 October 2003)

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

All articles published in Landscape Online are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the content, even commercially, as long as the original authors and source are cited. For more information read the human-readable summary or the full license legal code

Articles and contents (e. g. figures) can be reprinted if the following credit is given:
Article printed under Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY 4.0: [Name of Authors]. [Year]. [Title]. Landscape Online [Vol.] [DOI] - e. g.: Felix Müller, Rudolf de Groot, Louise Willemen. 2011. Ecosystem Services at the Landscape Scale: the Need for Integrative Approaches. Landscape Online 23, DOI:10.3097/LO.201023

Publishing agreement grants authors the following rights

Authors retain the copyright and receive proper attribution when the work is used as all articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0. 

Authors retain the non-exclusive right to deposit for an unlimited period of time a digital copy of the article (pre-print, post-print and publishers version) without embargo on personal websites and/or in any open online archive and/or publicly accessible scholarly non-profit repository to make the article permamently and openly accessible and increase access for education and research. 

With respect to the authors right Landscape Online obtain a non-exclusive right to publish and distribute the work, receive proper attribution and citation as journal of first publication and to migrate the work to future formats and to include it in collections.

All rights author rights have been recorded by SHERPA RoMEO.

Compliance with Plan S

You can use the Open Access Journal Checker Tool to see if Landscape Online is compliant with Plan S, for your institution. Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.

Further information

If you have any questions regarding our licensing system please do not hesitate to contact our Editorial Management.