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This means you can republish our articles online or in print for free, provided you follow these 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, which includes cuts, 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, or contact email@example.com
- You have to credit authors and their institutions, ideally in the byline.
- You have to credit The Conversation and include a backlink either to 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 counter is a 1x1 pixel invisible image that allows us and our authors to know where content is republished and how widely it is read. If you use the Republish button found on the right-hand side of each article this will provide you with the HTML for the article text and includes the page view counter. However, some CMS will strip it out so please check after publication. See Page view counter troubleshooting below.
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- You can't systematically republish all of our articles, nor frame the content of our site.
- 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 derivation under the Creative Commons licence 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, or contact email@example.com
- Edits or cuts: 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, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com so that we can share it with the author.
- Podcast and video: are also covered by Creative Commons and the same licence terms apply.
Page view counter troubleshooting
- The counter is a 1x1 pixel invisible image that allows us and our authors to know where content is republished and how widely it is read. If you use the Republish button on the right-hand side of each article, this will provide you with the counter.
- If you need it on its own, the 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 is distinct for every article and includes a unique article ID number. If you're copying the code from another article or a saved template, be sure to update the ID number in the counter – you cannot reuse the exact same code without updating it. The ID number in the counter code should match the number at the end of the URL of the published article on theconversation.com
Checking the page view counter
Once you have published the piece, you can verify you have included the counter by using your browser's "view source" function and searching for "counter.theconversation.com", or contact our audience development team at firstname.lastname@example.org to check.
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