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hi, I am working on a manuscript for publication in a scientific journal. It is a case study and I would like to show the location on a map with 2 levels; where in the country and then an enlargement of the area, and on that mark where the research took place. (sort of like this: )

Is this permitted to use OSM maps for that, and what do I have to keep in mind?

thanks! elsa

asked 28 Nov '12, 14:50

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OSM is a free map for any and every one to use, which is why I and others add to it. Please credit OSM maps in the book, see this to find out how and if you make a lot of money I'm sure a donation would be welcome.

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answered 28 Nov '12, 19:58

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You can find some topics about your aims if you enter keywords like book, publish, magazine or similar in the search field of this FAQ site.

But be aware: in late summer 2012 we had a change in licence when you publish OSM data. In some manner it also affects when you publish printed maps as a derived work or similar ... this can be under a capable free licence like CC-by-SA.

See and all linked pages to get more information.

PS: If you want to display own objects or markers on your printed maps, give us more information in detail as a comment

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answered 28 Nov '12, 19:58

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edited 28 Nov '12, 20:00

Take a look at the papers linked from , and reference your images accordingly (keeping in mind the license change, as mentioned).

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answered 28 Nov '12, 20:39

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I am in the same situation: I use OpenStreetMap as the background for my scientific results.

Based on the existing literature, the best I found is

Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA

(Fig. 1 in Vladimir Vukadinovic, Fabian Dreier, Stefan Mangold, Impact of human mobility on wireless ad hoc networking in entertainment parks, Ad Hoc Networks, Volume 12, January 2014, Pages 17-34, ISSN 1570-8705.) for an image with only OSM data.

So when there are GPS points, or any other information on the map, I would go for:

My GPS points (background: © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA)

Possibly with the link to OSM.

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answered 01 May '15, 12:51

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