If you work for the NHS or are a student on placement, the following applies when using copyrighted material.
What can I copy?
Provided the original is owned or subscribed to by the NHS and is covered by the copyright licence, you can copy:
- two articles from a journal issue
- any number from a themed issue
- one chapter or 5% from a book
Can I share an article with NHS colleagues or use it in a journal club?
Yes – you can make multiple copies, including copies of copies.
Can I add a journal article to the Intranet?
No – this would breach copyright.
Instead, you can give the full reference on PubMed and a link to the full text stating who it would be accessible to, eg:
Bellringer SF, Brogan K, Cassidy L, Gibbs J. Standardised virtual fracture clinic management of radiographically stable Weber B ankle fractures is safe, cost effective and reproducible. Injury 2017;48(7):1670-1673.
What if the original isn’t owned by the NHS?
You can still make a copy from any copyright work but the legal situation is different. You are permitted to:
- copy a reasonable proportion, eg. one article from a journal issue or one chapter from a book
- make just one single copy
- it must be for personal and non-commercial research only
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org