Rights and Permissions


Copyright in most content published in our journals is held by the Microbiology Society, and cannot be republished without permission.

Articles that are published using the OpenMicrobiology option are published under a CC-BY licence; with the exception of Microbial Genomics, the default licence is CC-BY-NC but where the funder requires it the author can select CC-BY. These articles are clearly identified in the journals.

Authors requesting permission to reuse their own content

The Licence to Publish or Copyright Transfer Agreement signed by authors explicitly grants the authors permission to reuse their own content without seeking further permission, provided that the original source of the material is credited appropriately.

How to request permission to photocopy or republish material

The Society has partnered with the Copyright Clearance Center to meet your licensing needs.

To obtain permission to reuse content from a particular article, simply click on the ‘Request Permission’ link under the 'Tools' menu next to the article.

Academic reuse attracts no permission fee. However, please note that a small administration charge is associated with this type of permission request.

For questions about using the Copyright Clearance Center, please contact their Customer Care team via [email protected].

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