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Publishers’ Licensing Services’ (PLS) mission is to provide efficient and effective copyright and licensing services to support publishers in providing access to their content. PLS manages the interests of publishers in licensing the copying of extracts from books, journals, magazines and websites. A not-for-profit organisation, PLS has been serving the collective interests of publishers since 1981. It is owned and governed by four publisher trade associations.

PLS provides various other services, including PLSclear and Access to Research.

PLSclear, a free service that enables editors and authors seeking to reuse published content to request permission from publishers quickly and easily.

The service is now a firmly established part of the permissions landscape with increasing numbers of permissions-seekers bookmarking as their first port of call. Find out more at

Access to research

The Access to Research service provides free access to over 30 million academic articles in public libraries across the UK. More than 98% of UK local authorities have signed up.

Access to Research is the result of a unique collaboration between publishers, who have made their journal content available for free to UK libraries and librarians. The content is searchable through the Summon discovery service, generously provided by ProQuest. Find out more at

PLS is sponsoring afternoon refreshments at the Scottish Book Trade Conference 2022.