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Scans of article from print resources

Queen Mary, University of London holds a Higher Education Licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA). The licence allows you to upload scans of articles onto QMPlus. The Licence covers most printed books, journals, and magazines published in the UK, plus many published overseas and a large number of digital publications. You can check whether an item is covered by the CLA Licence by using the Check Permissions search tool.

Up to the following may be copied under the Licence:

■ One whole chapter from a book

■ One whole article from a journal issue

 ■ One short story, poem or play (not exceeding 10 pages in length) from an anthology

■ One whole scene from a play

■ One whole paper from a set of conference proceedings

■ One whole report of a single case from a volume of judicial proceedings

Or 10% of the total publication, whichever is the greater

■ Where a digital publication is not organised in a similar way to conventional printed items, you are advised to exercise your best judgement to copy reasonable extracts.

Scans uploaded to QMPlus must contain a coversheet:  Copyright Notice 2019 [PDF 387KB] A copy of the coversheet needs to be sent to so that details of the scans used can be reported to the CLA. It is important that only students who are studying the module have access to the scan.

Overseas campus-based students are not covered by our licence so scans of articles cannot be provided for these students under the license.

If you upload your scan using Reading Lists Online, your scan will be checked automatically to see if it complies with the licence. Reading Lists Online will also automatically add a coversheet and report the scan to the Library.

The Copy Shop offer a scanning service. The staff members who administer this service have received training about the terms of the CLA licence and can offer advice. The Copy Shop will also pass the details of scans to the Library for reporting.


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