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Copyright permissions

IARC exercises copyright over its information to make sure that it is used in accordance with the Agency’s principles. Extracts of IARC information can be used for private study or for non-commercial educational purposes without permission. Wider use requires permission to be obtained from IARC.

For further details please refer to IARC’s Terms of Use and Conditions.

Requesting copyright permissions

If you wish to reproduce an IARC book, document or other information products, please follow the link below and complete the form, providing as much detail as possible.

Request for permission to reproduce IARC copyrighted material

Translation permissions

To achieve its aims, IARC needs its information to be accessible to the widest possible audience. The Agency therefore welcomes publishing partners in all languages.

IARC exercises copyright over its information to ensure that it is used in accordance with the Agency’s aims and principles. However, IARC licenses others to translate that information and to publish their translations for both commercial and noncommercial dissemination.

Terms and conditions of translation

For this purpose, IARC uses a standard licensing agreement, adaptable to specific circumstances, that permits translation and publishing of IARC texts, while at the same time setting certain conditions. The agreement, which is signed by the publisher, applies whether the translation will be distributed free of charge or for sale.

IARC's policy on translation and publication of its information products requires that:

  • The Translation shall be faithful to the original English text and rendered into good literary and scientific language
  • The purpose of the publication should be to disseminate information, not to advertise or promote related products or services. Therefore no advertising or promotional material shall be included in the translations.
  • The publisher alone is responsible for translation into a UN non-official language, and the publisher normally holds copyright.
  • IARC translation and publishing agreements are non-exclusive.
  • The IARC logo may be used on a translation of an IARC book or document only with IARC's express permission. It should be clear from the cover of the book that it is issued by the publisher and not by IARC.
  • The original IARC source should be acknowledged.
  • Financial contributions to the cost of translating, or publishing the translation, may be acknowledged discreetly but should not be used to promote the donor.
  • Copies of the translated book are requested, as well as a read-only electronic file together with permission to place that electronic file on IARC's website (with appropriate acknowledgement of the publisher).
  • If the publisher intends to sell the translation for a profit, royalties will be normally be requested.

Requesting translation permissions

If you wish to translate and publish an IARC book, document or other information materials, and to make sure the book is not already available in that language, please follow the link below to complete the form and provide as much detail as possible.

Request permission to translate and publish IARC copyrighted material

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