Republishing guidelines

We believe in the free flow of information and so publish under a Creative Commons — Attribution/No derivatives license. This means you can republish our articles online or in print for free, provided you follow these guidelines:

Republishing guidelines, for print and online

  • You can’t edit our material, except to reflect relative changes in time, location and editorial style. If you do wish to make material edits, you will need to run them by the author for approval prior to publication. Authors can be contacted by the blue Contact button that accompanies their author profile.
  • You have to credit authors and their institutions, ideally in the byline.
  • You have to credit The Conversation and include a link back to either our home page or the article URL . Our preference is a credit at the top of the article and that you include our logo (available below).
  • You must use our page view counter when republishing online. The page view counter is a 1 pixel by 1 pixel invisible image that allows us and our authors to know when and where content is republished. If you use the “republish” button that accompanies each article you’ll include our page counter. See Page counter troubleshooting for more information on page counter.
  • You can’t sell our material separately, but it’s OK to put our articles on pages with ads.
  • You have to confirm you’re licensed to republish images in our articles. Some images, such as those from commercial providers, don’t allow their images to be republished without permission or payment. Copyright terms are generally listed in the image caption and attribution. You are welcome to omit our images or substitute with your own. Charts and interactive graphics follow the same rules.
  • You can’t systematically republish all of our articles, nor frame the content of our site.

Special cases

  • Extracts: you can run the first few lines or paragraphs of the article and then say: “Read the full article on The Conversation” with a link back to the article.
  • Quotes: you can quote authors provided you include a link back to the article URL.
  • Translations: are technically a derivative under our creative commons license and so require author approval. Many authors will give approval in good faith. Authors can be contacted by the blue Contact button that accompanies their author profile.
  • Edits: if you wish to make material edits, you will need to run them by the author for approval prior to publication. Authors can be contacted by the blue Contact button that accompanies their author profile.
  • Signed consent / copyright release forms: are not required, providing you are following these guidelines.
  • Print: articles can be published in print under these same rules, with the exception that you do not need to include the counter and links. We would appreciate it if you would send an image of the republished article to uk-republish@theconversation.com so that we can share it with the author.
  • Podcast and video: are also covered by creative commons and the same attribution requirements apply.

Page counter troubleshooting

  • The page counter is an invisible 1x1 pixel image that allows us and our authors to know when and where our content is republished. If you use the Republish button, you will be capturing the page counter.
  • If you need it on its own, the page counter can be accessed by clicking Republish then the Advanced tab. This might be useful for republishers who: have deleted the code; are doing a translation; have copy/pasted from the article instead of the HTML; need to embed the counter as a widget to make it work in their CMS; need the script form because their CMS is set to cache the pixel. You can use either the image, script, or iframe tag version of the page counter.
  • If the counter creates giant white space in an article, add style="border:0; height:1px !important; width:1px !important;" into the tag to override the spacing.
  • The page counter does not collect user data or personal information. Data the page counter collects are:
    • that are a referral has occurred, so we know what site republished the article;
    • the IP address, which we use for city-level geo-locating;
    • user-agent, so we can exclude bots;
    • and a random cookie ID, so we can eliminate duplicate pageviews.
  • The page counter is distinct for every article, including a unique ID number for that article. If you’re copying the code from another article or a saved template, be sure to update the ID number in the code. You cannot reuse the exact same code without updating it.

Checking the page counter

  • Once you have published the piece, you can verify you have included the page counter by contacting our audience development team uk-republish@theconversation.com to check.

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