Journals Higher Education

Author Permissions

This permission relates to our Academic, Trade, and Medical book publishing divisions only and does not cover authors of titles published by our Higher Education, Law, or Journals publishing groups or by our English Language Teaching (ELT) or Oxford Educational (OXED) divisions. If you are unsure about which division published your title, please contact your Acquiring Editor.

You may reuse the following without obtaining permission:

  • up to 10% of your single or co-authored book, or
  • up to 10% of your contribution to an edited book, providing that this does not exceed 1,000 contiguous words
  • and up to 3 figures or tables.

OUP is pleased to grant this permission for the following uses:

  • Posting on your own personal website or in an institutional repository;
  • Inclusion in derivative works, including extension of your chapter into a book-length work;
  • Reproduction within coursepacks or e-coursepacks for your own teaching purposes, with the proviso that the coursepacks are not sold for more than the cost of reproduction;
  • Inclusion within your thesis or dissertation.

Permission for these reuses is granted on the following conditions:

  • that the material you wish to reuse is your own work and has already been published by OUP;
  • and that the intended reuse is for scholarly, non-commercial purposes;
  • and that full acknowledgement is made of the original OUP publication
  • and that reuse on personal websites and institutional repositories includes a link to the OUP website.

For all uses not described here, permission is required and we ask you to contact your Acquiring Editor or fill in a Permissions Request Form.

We will aim to process your request within 7-10 working days.


FAQs for authors:

Why do I need permission to reuse my own writing?

Your publishing agreement with you enables OUP to make many investments in your work, including editorial review, copyediting, typesetting, design, printing, coding for electronic publication, marketing, distribution, and securing copyright against piracy and plagiarism.  Reuse permission protects these investments.
Because I am using less than 10% of my chapter or book, I do not need formal written permission.  How should I word the credit?

We ask that you include this wording: "This material was originally published in [Title] by / edited by [Author / Editor], and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press [link to book within].  For permission to reuse this material, please visit

I am planning to use a portion of my OUP publication in my thesis or dissertation.  Will I be given permission to do so?

Yes.  We would appreciate you letting your editor know. 

I am planning to use a portion of my OUP publication in a future book.  Will I be given permission to do so?

Generally speaking, yes, permission will be granted, and granted without charge.  We ask that you request a formal permission HERE.

What is a work for hire agreement?

A work for hire agreement is a type of publishing agreement necessitated by the US Copyright Act of 1976 and pertains to commissioned, collaborative publications. It is commonly used across the publishing industry for commissioned works, including among academic and scholarly publishers.   If you are a contributor to a commissioned edited collection and are asked to write new prose for this publication, you will be asked to sign a work for hire agreement.   We recognize that the term "work for hire" carries odious connotations; it is not OUP's own term but rather one we must use to protect copyright. 

Is OUP's reuse policy stricter toward work for hire agreements than towards copyright assignment agreements?

No.  While copyright law considers chapters newly written for pre-conceived, collaborative publications the property of the press which commissions them, OUP agrees to authors' reuse of materials published under work-for-hire agreements just as it does for non-work-for-hire agreements.

I retained the copyright to my work when I negotiated my contract with OUP. Do I still need to request permission to reuse my content outside of the conditions set forth above?

Your contract grants OUP the exclusive rights to publish your work.  This is independent of who holds copyright and so permission to reuse material may be required regardless of whether you retained copyright.

May I have a .pdf of my book or my chapter?

As a means of protecting against piracy, it is not generally OUP's policy to send out .pdfs of books or chapters except in extraordinary circumstances.