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Copyright statement

All British Psychological Society publications in all media (document, web-page, image, video, podcast, audio recording, etc) are copyright of the British Psychological Society and, unless expressly provided for otherwise, where they are made available, whether for a charge of not, are only available:

(a) to individuals for private, personal use only, and may not be distributed, republished, or reproduced (either electronically or by other means) without permission, other than as allowed under the terms of 'fair dealing' and 'fair use' set out by UK and EU copyright law;

(b) to libraries and other institutions for use within the terms of their CLA licenses or according to statutory provision.


Copying or distributing BPS copyright material, or translating and distributing translated versions, requires the written permission of the Society and may incur a fee.

If you are representing an organisation, check first that your institution does not already hold a licence from the Copyright Licencing Agency (or other collective body) which would permit the proposed use. See the CLA website for more details.

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Note: for permissions relating to BPS Journals and BPS Books/BPS Blackwell, requests are dealt with by our publishing partner Wiley.

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Institutional repositories and self-archiving

Authors of articles published by the British Psychological Society may place the accepted version of their manuscript (i.e. NOT the final published version) in a subject matter archive or in their institution/employer’s repository or archive, or upload the accepted version to an online sharing site (such as ResearchGate). After publication the uploaded version must contain a notice as follows: ‘This is a pre-publication version of the following article: [FULL CITATION]’

The accepted version is the author’s final submitted typescript version that we accepted for publication before it was edited and typeset.

This is the general position for articles published in all our publications except our 11 peer-reviewed journals, which are published by our publishing partner Wiley and which are subject to different copyright arrangements. Authors should refer to their copyright transfer agreement with Wiley for information on repositories.