Straightforward permissions clearance

Getting permission to reuse published content can be a time-consuming and frustrating business. PLS PermissionsRequest is part of the award-winning PLS Permissions service, developed by the UK not-for-profit, Publishers’ Licensing Services,  to streamline the permissions clearance process, end-to-end.

It works by connecting requestors and publishers through our online PLSclear tool, giving you direct contact with the publisher who can handle your request through a simple online account.

Whether you’re an author, editorial assistant, or anyone else seeking permission, PLS PermissionsRequest makes the business of requesting permission quicker, easier and altogether more straightforward.

"PLSclear is an easy to follow website which can accommodate all types of permission requests through many publishers. As a freelancer working on multiple projects for several companies at any one time, it's great to swap from one request to another but still see and access all requests through the different projects and various publishers - at the same time and all in one place! Other sites simply don't have this facility or ease and it does make the permissions process much easier."

Rachel Thorne
RN Permissions

Key features and benefits:

  • Free online service
  • Search a database of over 50 million titles
  • Request permission through a simple online account
  • Track progress of your requests in real time
  • Secure payment for chargeable requests
  • Download licence to use the content
  • UK-based helpdesk support, telephone and email: Mon-Fri 09:00 – 17:00

Find out which publishers are participating and request permission now at

Sign up for a free webinar to learn more about why you should seek permission and how to use PLSclear.

“PLSclear has made requesting permissions so much easier. Finding and applying for permission is quick and straightforward, and all your requests are clearly laid out in one place. I particularly like the icons that show what stage your requests are at - it’s very user friendly.”

Janine Fisher
Oxford University Press

Learn more about PLS PermissionsRequest

When do you need permission to reuse content? How long will it take for the publisher to respond to a request? Our author FAQs will walk you through everything you need to know about permissions.

Download our guide to making permission requests

Submitting your permission requests is easier than ever but if you need help, use our guide for new requestors.

Download our step-by-step guide to making permission requests using PLSclear.

Useful resources for authors and editors

Discover our list of resources for authors and editorial teams.

Download a checklist for making permissions requests, a step-by-step guide to PLSclear, and information on copyright.