Copyright policy

In general, John Benjamins Publishing Company acquires the copyright in all its publications. For Benjamins publications where we do not hold the copyright, we represent the copyright holder and can be contacted for any information or permission requests. However, any requests concerning third party materials included within our publications should be addressed to the copyright holder of those materials.

Use of our publications is limited by what it permitted under copyright. This also applies to materials that are made available, at the publishers' discretion, as "Free" or (time-limited) "Sample" materials; those are free to read but any other use requires prior permission to be obtained from the publisher. Materials that are published "Open Access" can be used in line with the specific Creative Commons license applied to that publication; for any use beyond this license, prior permission must be obtained from the publisher.

Information for Benjamins authors

Authors are required to ensure that they have obtained all the necessary rights/permissions for any third-party materials used in their publication with John Benjamins. Those rights should cover perpetual world-wide distribution in print and electronic format.

Authors can find more information on their rights on our Rights Policy page.

Information for authors who want to use Benjamins materials

John Benjamins' licensing policy promotes the facilitation of the exchange of scientific information in accordance with STM permission guidelines. We pursue a fair treatment of requests according to common practice.

It is up to the publisher's discretion to grant permission in each individual case and to determine whether any fees are required.

In addition the copyright holder's permission, you should also obtain the permission of the original author for the reuse of their work.

It is usually the original publisher of a work who holds the copyright. In particular cases, i.e. anthologies, covers, illustrations, diagrams or graphics, we may not be the copyright holder of the extract or work you wish to use. Please check the preliminary pages in our publications for specific mention of the copyright holder before contacting us. If you are uncertain about the publisher of a book, you should check with the Library of Congress or Whitaker. Any requests concerning third party materials included within our publications should be addressed to the copyright holder of those materials.

All permissions are for one-time use only and on condition that a full acknowledgement of and reference to the publication and copyright-owner will be given. The acknowledgement line should look like this:

From/based on Author(Year: Page). © John Benjamins. Reprinted with permission.

with a full reference included in the reference section of your publication.

Licensing/networking requests

John Benjamins Publishing Company can issue licenses to educational institutions to enable them to make parts of our publications available to students and staff via a secure Intranet for teaching purposes for a specific time period (i.e. duration of a course). The same fees apply for digitization as for reproductions and photocopying and is calculated on a 'per student' basis. In certain circumstances a flat fee may apply.

Permission to reproduce our material may be withheld when it concerns a very substantial portion of the book; for instance if the entire book is relevant for the course in question. In such cases the book can be adopted for classroom use and there is no justification to grant photocopying rights.

For licensing of materials we work with Copyright Clearance Center; institutions/organizations wishing to license materials for internal (classroom) use, if the required licensing can be arranged through CCC.

Foreign Rights

John Benjamins Publishing Company grants world wide translation and local market licenses (in full or part) in any language. In certain cases rights might be withheld. If you have an interest in a specific title please contact the rights & permissions department to check if rights are available. Academics and translators who want to have a work translated are advised to contact a local publisher first, and then have that publisher contact us to arrange the translation rights.

Permission fees

John Benjamins Publishing Co. grants permission without charge for the reproduction in another work or photocopying of a short prose extract (less than 400 words), a single figure or a single table, in which it holds the rights. Fees may apply for any other use or materials. In either case, prior permission should be requested.

Requesting permissions

Submit a request by completing the permission request form and sending it to us by email or post to Rights & Permissions, rights at .

Please provide as much detail as possible on the form. Take note that this form is only an initial request and it does not imply automatic permission. John Benjamins Publishing Co. reserves the right to review each case individually.