Authors do not usually need to contact Portland Press to request permission to reuse their own material, as long as the original work is properly credited. It is usual to provide the citation of (and where relevant a hyperlink to) the original publication:
“This extract/figure/table was originally published in [insert hyperlinked citation information, including Author(s), Journal Name, Year].”
As long as the original article, or portion of the article, is properly cited, and a link to the article is included, Authors retain the following non-exclusive rights:
1. To reproduce their article in whole or in part in any printed work (book or thesis) of which they are the Author
2. To reproduce their article in whole or in part at the Author's current academic institution for teaching purposes, including course packs
3. To re-use figures, tables, illustrations and excerpts of fewer than 300 words from their article in non-commercial works and/or works published by STM publishers where they are the author/creator
4. To include their article in whole or in part in their own dissertation or thesis in print or electronic format provided that the full-text article is not then shared in an open repository unless it is published via the Gold Open Access route.
5. Authors are permitted to post a copy of their Accepted Manuscript or AM* to their Institutional Repository 12 months after final publication, provided this posting is labelled as a pre-publication manuscript, and provided the posting is hyperlinked (e.g. through the DOI) to the final published article, i.e. the Version of Record or VoR** on the journal website.
Authors of Open Access (OA) articles may post the Version of Record (VoR) to their institutional repository. Portland Press will deposit the VoR in PubMed Central on behalf of the author in the case of Gold OA papers.
All Authors are encouraged to re-use their article, in whole or in part, as long as it is not sold or given away in ways which would conflict directly with the Publisher’s business interests. Therefore, without express written permission, authors are not permitted:
1. To post the final version (VoR) of their article to any website that is open to the public; this includes institutional repositories, personal webpages, blogs, listservs, ResearchGate and all other websites that are not password-protected.
2. To distribute their final published article (VoR) in any format via an automated / organized means outside of their current academic institution.
3. Without separate permission, authors are not permitted to re-use the whole article (full text of any version) or parts of the article, including figures/tables/excerpts, in commercial and/or sponsored works.
Portland Press is a signatory of the STM Permissions Guidelines, which aim to reduce the administration involved in clearing permissions.
Publishers who are also signatories to the STM Permissions Guidelines may re-use work published in Portland Press journals, without contacting us, as long as the work is appropriately used and attributed as stated in the latest version of the Guidelines.
Authors may reproduce an article, in whole or in part, in a thesis or dissertation at no cost providing the original source is attributed.
If you wish to copy and distribute an article in whole for teaching (e.g. in a course pack), please either visit copyright.com or contact your librarian who will advise you on the various clearance options available.
Organizations with charitable and not-for-profit statuses are usually able to re-use Portland Press content without charges, but we ask that you please write to firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
For any form of commercial re-use including requests to use content at sponsored symposia/lectures, sponsored medical-education activity, republication of material by non-STM-signatory publishers and for any other requests not covered elsewhere on this page, please download and complete our permission request form and email this to email@example.com
For all articles published by Portland Press Limited, we ask authors to assign us an exclusive Licence to Publish under which the Author(s) retains copyright. Both subscription and Open Access papers are published by Portland Press Limited under the terms of a Licence-to-Publish agreement with the Author(s). Portland Press Limited is the Publisher of the articles, and is a wholly owned trading subsidiary of the Biochemical Society.
Our Licence-to-Publish forms and the terms therein are available here:
• Subscription article Licence to Publish
• Full Open Access article Licence to Publish
Portland Press and the Biochemical Society encourage Authors to share their data and upload raw data and datasets to open data repositories on formal acceptance of their article for publication. We do not stipulate a particular repository but encourage Authors to find a suitable repository by visiting http://www.re3data.org/
We encourage the public posting of Open Access articles and article metadata and in scholarly collaboration networks and elsewhere online.
Sharing of subscription/licensed articles within research collaboration groups is allowed and encouraged as long as such groups are scholars or researchers invited to participate in specific research collaborations that would:
- be of the size that is typical for research groups of that discipline
- only share articles within and for the purposes of the group
- allow article sharing between subscribers and non-subscribers within the group
- include commercial researchers, subject to publisher policy or appropriate licensing
- include members of the wider public participating for the purposes of the group.
*Accepted Manuscript (AM) – the version of the article that has been accepted for publication and includes the revisions made following peer review. This is not the final published article but the authors accepted version.
**Version of Record (VoR) – the final published article that is available from the journal website after processes such as copyediting, proof corrections, layout and typesetting have been applied.
Please see the NISO/ALPSP guidelines for further information on journal article versions and naming conventions.