Permissions

Third parties: Permission to reuse

Any one other than the author of a particular paper who wants to reproduce a BMJ article needs to ask our permission. We are usually happy to give permission, though in many cases we will charge a fee.

Permission should be sought by following the request permissions link that appears on every article, or under its entry in a table of contents. This will take you to the Rightslink electronic request system.

Details about reprints can be obtained at http://group.bmj.com/group/advertising/reprints

Permissions for authors

See also our policy on copyright

Authors may use their own articles for the following non-commercial purposes without asking our permission (and subject only to acknowledging first publication in the BMJ and giving a full reference or web link, as appropriate).

  • Posting a pdf of their own article on their own personal or institutional website for which no charge for access is made
  • Making a reasonable number of copies for personal or non commercial professional use. This includes the contributor’s own teaching purposes
  • Republishing part or all of the article in a book or other publication edited by the author (except for multiple contributions in the same book or publication, for which permission needs to be sought
  • Using individual figures or tables or extracts of text (up to 250 words) in other publications published by a third party.
  • Using the article in a course pack or compilation (whether paper or electronic) in the authors’ institution. This does not apply if a commercial charge is made for the compilation or training programme.

On orders that we receive up to five years after publication for a single article reprint or translation sale that exceed £1500 in value, we will pay authors a royalty of 10% of net receipts less sales any commission, which will be paid to the Corresponding Author for distribution as agreed between the authors.