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Permission to reuse content from The BMJ

Permission to reuse content from The BMJ can be acquired by following the “Request Permissions” link that appears on the right hand side of every article. This will take you to the Rightslink permissions system: further information can be found here.

A large proportion of current articles are published under Open Access licences, however, please check the licence carefully before reusing content as many articles require permission for commercial reuse.

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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 of which an author is an editor or contributor; or
  • 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.

Free permission for these types of use can be acquired through RightsLink if your new publisher requires a formal licence.


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