Manage your permissions more profitably

PLSclear will be down for maintenance

Please note: PLSclear will be down for maintenance on 15 and 16 May 2017 while we deploy a major upgrade to the system, and will be unavailable during this time. We advise that you plan your workload accordingly.
The upgrade will include a fully automated Fee Payable Licensing Programme for rights holders. The new programme enables automated quotations and responses to fee payable requests and provides full credit control for rights holders using the programme.

Want to learn more about the new release or opt into the Fee Payable Licensing programme? Contact us at
If you have any other queries, please contact the team on 0207 079 5940.
Thanks in advance for your patience.

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, powered by PLSclear, is an award winning service designed to help you manage your permissions more effectively.

Our two services,and , give you access to the full functionality of the PLSclear tool through which you can:

  • Manage and process all of your permissions requests in one simple online account
  • Automate responses to free and chargeable requests including issuing of licences
  • Set your own pricing and licensing policies quickly and easily
  • Generate reports on requests and permissions income in real-time

Both services include secure payment facilities and full credit control provided by PLS.

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Participating Publishers

For a complete list of the publishers using PLSclear to clear their permissions requests.

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Submitting a Permissions Request

If you've never used PLSclear to submit a request, we have put together a convenient step-by-step guide to walk you through the full request process.

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PLSclear Help

Help topics providing answers to frequently asked questions and common concerns about requesting permission from publishers and other rights holders.

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The benefits of registering for PLSclear

Registration lets you contact thousands of publishers, it also provides you with a clear record of all requests you have made and any permissions granted.

It is quick and easy, why not register now?

Discover more about PLSclear

PLSclear was designed by publishers for publishers and increases you chance of obtaining a clearance because it has the questions rights holders want to ask.

The PLSclear service is run by the not-for-profit Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), which provides rights management services to publishers.

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Help Desk

To guarantee that you are able to complete the request process,
We have a dedicated help desk. Contact us in the following ways:


Phone: 020 7079 5940

Text & Data Mining

A bespoke service for researchers undertaking Text & Data Mining (TDM). The same quick and efficient process as the standard PLSclear tool, but with TDM specific questions and a dedicated journal search faciliy.