Author Permissions Information

If you are an author of a book or of a chapter in a book published by the Academic and Trade or Medical divisions of Oxford University Press, you may reuse sections of your book or chapter as described below without obtaining written permission from OUP.

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 OUP 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 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 OUP editor or fill in the Author Request Form and to send it to We will aim to process your request within 7-10 working days.

FAQ for authors:

Why do I need permission to reuse my own writing?

Our 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 an OUP online product and/or the]. 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 OUP 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 without charge. We ask that you request formal permission here.

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 OUP's policy to send out .pdfs of books or chapters except in extraordinary circumstances.