Copyright and permissions
The Institute of Development Studies holds the copyright for material available on our website (www.ids.ac.uk) and in print, unless otherwise stated. These are subject to UK copyright law.
However, IDS is keen to ensure that the research carried out by its staff reaches as wide an audience as possible and is used for discussion, teaching and research. Non-commercial dissemination is, therefore, freely authorised with the requirement that the source is cited in full. Many of our publications are downloadable in pdf format. The British Library for Development Studies, based at IDS, has a document delivery service.
There are a number of ground rules, based on guidelines from the Publishers Association of the UK, that we follow. The essence of these is set out below.
Fair dealing (photocopying without seeking permission)
It is permitted to copy part of a printed paper or PDF publication, where part of is defined as: one article from a journal issue, one chapter of a book, or 10 per cent of other works.
The purpose of the copying must be for research, teaching or private study by an individual, for reporting current events, or for criticism or review. There must be no commercial purpose, whether direct or indirect.
Making one copy of part of an article is permitted. Multiple copying always requires permission.
Fair dealing (downloading PDFs without seeking permission)
Where IDS indicates on a publication that it is downloadable free of charge, it is also giving permission for the complete copy to be downloaded.
However, as with paper copies, the purpose of the downloading must be for research, teaching or private study by an individual, for reporting current events, or for criticism or review. There must be no commercial purpose, whether direct or indirect.
Downloading one copy is permitted. Downloading multiple copies always requires permission.
Holding an electronic copy of a document (i.e. saving a PDF file onto your own computer) with the intention of sending it on to other users, or of copying it again in the future, is not permitted.
Seeking permission to make or download multiple copies
Where a teaching institution or individual wishes to make multiple copies for their own teaching purposes, they should contact IDS (details below) to establish what fees will be charged. We have a per page charge multiplied by the number of copies required, and a per thousand word charge.
Since the main aim of IDS is to disseminate our research, we are always willing to negotiate lower fees where there is a genuine need to do so.
Using electronic copies on another websites
We ask other organisations and media to create links to our publication web pages that offer the download PDF link, rather than storing our PDFs on their own systems. This helps us to track the use of our publications, providing vital information for our publications programme.
If downloading of PDFs is required for purposes of coursework teaching please contact us so that we can also monitor this usage.
All permissions queries should be addressed to:
Institute of Development Studies
Brighton BN1 9RE