About PLSclear

PLSclear is online tool where users can seek permission to reuse published content. It addresses common problems experienced by those seeking permission:

  1. Identifying the current rights holder of a title.
  2. Knowing what information to supply them with.
  3. Knowing who to send the request to.
  4. Waiting for a response.

The tool is provided by Publishers Licensing Services (PLS) as part of its PLS Permissions service. Publishers Licensing Services is a not-for-profit organisation, formerly known as the Publishers Licensing Society. It is owned by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP); the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG); the Professional Publishers Association (PPA); and the Publishers Association (PA). Find out more about PLS at www.pls.org.uk

Who can use PLSclear?

Requestors - such as editorial teams, authors, and rights acquisition teams – can use PLSclear to seek permission to reuse content under the PLS PermissionsRequest service.

PLSclear is also used by publishers to manage permissions requests and to grant permission to reuse content.