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Frequently Asked Questions about Permissions


Permissions requests from our authors 

To re-use material from their works 
In certain circumstances, permissions requests are not required from authors who wish to re-use original material they have written for a Cambridge publication, provided that the subsequent use includes a full acknowledgement of the original publication, together with the copyright notice and the phrase 'Reprinted with permission'.

Permissions requests are waived if:

  • The author of the work wishes to reproduce a single chapter (not exceeding 20 per cent of their work), journal article or shorter extract in a subsequent work (i.e. with a later publication date) of which he or she is to be the author, co-author or editor.
  • The author of the work wishes to photocopy a single chapter (not exceeding 20 per cent of their work journal article or shorter extract for their own teaching.
  • The author wishes to reproduce a book chapter or journal article on their personal website or other website in accordance with our Green Open Access and social sharing policies. Enquires can be sent to

Performance requests 

If you wish to perform a play in which Cambridge administers performance rights, please contact us. Permission is normally given free of charge for a single performance to an invited audience.


Educational photocopy requests

Except as provided under national law, written permission is required to photocopy any Cambridge publication unless it is clearly labelled as 'photocopiable'.

Routine requests for academic photocopying are administered on behalf of Cambridge University Press under licence by a number of Reprographic Rights Organisations (RROs). To avail yourself of these provisions, your institution must have a licence with the relevant RRO within your country.

There are restrictions on the quantity and type of photocopying that is permitted under RRO licences. For all other photocopying requests, refer to the Permission Requests page.


Bibles and prayer books

If you have queries relating to the reproduction or reuse of the New English Bible, the Revised English Bible, the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible, or the Book of Common Prayer, please visit the Cambridge Bibles website for further information.



If you’d like to quote an extract from a dictionary, submit your request online. You can also request permission to use data or apply for an API development kit from Cambridge Dictionaries.


Cambridge social sharing policies and Open Access

Read more about our Open Access and social sharing policies. Alternatively, contact:



STM guidelines

Along with certain other publishers, Cambridge University Press is a signatory to the STM Permissions Guidelines. The Guidelines provide for certain permissions requests for books and journals to be granted free of charge for signatories.

Find out more about the STM Association’s Permissions Guidelines


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