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Publication rights policies

What is our policy?

For the majority of journals published by Oxford University Press, we have a policy of acquiring a sole and exclusive licence for all published content, rather than asking authors to transfer ownership of their copyright, which has been common practice in the past. We believe this policy more carefully balances the interests of our authors with our need to maintain the viability and reputation of the journals through which our authors are accorded status, recognition, and widespread distribution. In developing this policy we have been guided by the following principles:

  • As a university press and not-for-profit academic publisher, we rely heavily on the good relationships we have with our authors. Having a licensing policy which enables an author to be identified as the owner of the copyright in an article is one of the key ways of demonstrating how highly we value these relationships.
  • An exclusive licence enables the centralised and efficient management of permissions and licencing, ensuring the widest dissemination of the content through intermediaries;
  • Exclusive rights also enable OUP to take measures on behalf of our authors against infringement, inappropriate use of an article, libel or plagiarism;
  • At the same time, by maintaining exclusive rights, in all media for all published content, we can monitor and uphold the integrity of an article once refereed and accepted for publication to be maintained;

Copyright agreements

OUP cannot publish your article until a completed copyright agreement has been received. You should receive a link to our online licencing system or a hardcopy form as soon as your article is accepted for publication.

Government employees

  • If you are or were a UK Crown servant and the article has been written in that capacity, we have an arrangement with HMSO to enable us to publish it while acknowledging that it is Crown Copyright. Please inform the Editorial office or Oxford University Press at the time of acceptance or as soon as possible that the article is Crown Copyright, so that we can ensure the appropriate acknowledgement and copyright line are used, as required by our arrangement with HMSO.
  • If you are a US Government employee and the article has been written in that capacity, we acknowledge that the Licence to Publish applies only to the extent allowable by US law.

Re-use of third party content as part of your Oxford Journals article

  • As part of your article, you may wish to reuse material sourced from third parties such as other publishers, authors, museums, art galleries etc. To assist with this process, we have a Permission Request form and accompanying Guidelines that specifies the rights required in order for third party material to be published as part of your Article. For a copy of this form, please email.
  • Responsibility for clearing these third party permissions must be borne by the Author, and this process completed as soon as possible - preferably before acceptance of the manuscript, but if not possible, before the Article reaches the Production stage of the process.

Rights retained by ALL Oxford Journal authors

  • The right, after publication by Oxford Journals, to use all or part of the Article and abstract, for their own personal use, including their own classroom teaching purposes;
  • The right, after publication by Oxford Journals, to use all or part of the Article and abstract, in the preparation of derivative works, extension of the article into book-length or in other works, provided that a full acknowledgement is made to the original publication in the journal;
  • The right to include the article in full or in part in a thesis or dissertation, provided that this not published commercially;

For the uses specified here, please note that there is no need for you to apply for written permission from Oxford University Press in advance. Please go ahead with the use ensuring that a full acknowledgment is made to the original source of the material including the journal name, volume, issue, page numbers, year of publication, title of article and to Oxford University Press and/or the learned society.

The only exception to this is for the re-use of material for commercial purposes, as defined in the information available via the above url. Permission for this kind of re-use is required and can be obtained by using Rightslink:

With Copyright Clearance Center’s Rightslink ® service it’s faster and easier than ever before to secure permission from OUP titles to be republished in a coursepack, book, CD-ROM/DVD, brochure or pamphlet, journal or magazine, newsletter, newspaper, make a photocopy, or translate.

  • Simply visit: Oxford Academic and locate your desired content.
  • Click on (Order Permissions) within the table of contents and/ or at the bottom article's abstract to open the following page:
  • Select the way you would like to reuse the content
  • Create an account or login to your existing account
  • Accept the terms and conditions and permission is granted

For questions about using the Rightslink service, please contact Customer Support via phone 877/622-5543 (toll free) or 978/777-9929, or email Rightslink customer care.

Author self-archiving policies

Oxford Journals also offer a range of author self-archiving polices, permitting authors to share and distribute various versions of their articles. For full details of our self-archiving policies please see our Author self-archiving page.


  • All requests to reuse the article, in whole or in part, in another publication will be handled by Oxford Journals. Unless otherwise stated, any permission fees will be retained by the Journal concerned. Where possible, any requests to reproduce substantial parts of the article (including in other Oxford University Press publications) will be subject to your approval (which is deemed to be given if we have not heard from you within 4 weeks of the permission being granted).
  • If copyright of the article is held by someone other than the Author, e.g. the Author's employer, Oxford Journals requires non-exclusive permission to administer any requests from third parties. Such requests will be handled in accordance with Notes 6 above.
  • The Journal is registered with the Copyright Licensing Agency (London) and the Copyright Clearance Center (Danvers, Massachusetts), and other Reproduction Rights Organizations. These are non-profit organizations which offer centralised licensing arrangements for photocopying on behalf of publishers such as Oxford University Press.
  • Please forward requests to re-use all or part or your article, or to use figures contained within it, to the Rights and New Business Development Department.
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