Publishers' Licensing Services’ (PLS, formerly Publishers Licensing Society) core business is to manage collective licensing. PLS has been serving the collective interests of publishers since 1981 and it is owned and governed by four publisher trade associations including the PPA.

Its new name is more reflective of the fact that PLS also responds to other demands from the publishing sector, always in ways that are consistent with its not-for-profit status. 


Its key activities are:

Collective licensing – PLS distributed over £34m to publishers in 2017/18 and has more than 3,850 publishers signed up.

PLS Permissions – a suite of services designed to help publishers optimise efficiencies in their permissions management processes and reduce the administrative burden. www.PLS-Permissions.com

Access to Research – A service which provides free access to over 15 million academic articles in public libraries across the UK. More than 80% of UK local authorities have signed up.




Tel: 020 7079 5930

Jeremy Brinton, Head of Publisher Relations, j.brinton@pls.org.uk   



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