Terms & conditions


Terms and Conditions for online access to the full text of Journal of Endocrinology



  • For an institution that holds a print plus online or online-only subscription to any Society for Endocrinology (SfE) journal or has purchased or subscribed to the SfE archive, that institution's members may access the full text of the electronic version of the same content, via the worldwide web, using workstations on the subscribing institution's site. There is no extra charge for this service.
  • A subscribing institution that offers remote secure access to its network may make the full text available to its bona fide members via this route. (For the avoidance of doubt, this does not entitle bodies such as learned societies to extend access to their off-site subscribing members unless we have licenced them to do so.)
  • Visitors who are not members of the organization may access the full text provided they do so from workstations located in the institution's library and specifically designated for this purpose.
  • Members of the institution may pass single copies of full-text articles, including electronic copies, to other members within the institution's site at no additional charge. Members may download PowerPoint slide versions of the figures for the purpose of presenting them during not-for-profit educational activities. They may not alter the content of the slides in any way or remove the SfE copyright notice. If figures are not copyrighted to SfE, permission should be sought from the copyright owner.
  • The library of a subscribing institution may supply to the library of another non-subscribing institution (whether by post, fax or secure transmission, using Ariel or its equivalent, whereby the electronic file is deleted immediately after printing), for the purposes of research or private study and not for commercial use, a single paper copy of an electronic original of an individual article. The supply of such copies must conform to limitations on "fair use" or "fair dealing" under copyright law.
  • All subscribers will have perpetual access to those years in which they paid for a subscription where online content was included.
  • Subscribing institutions may capture a local dark archive of subscribed issues as part of the LOCKSS scheme. They may make this available to their Members in the event that the online journal becomes unavailable on its official web site, or during any substantial interruption of its availability.



  • The subscribing institution must register the (range of) IP addresses of the workstations with Bioscientifica. Please send details and any updates to sales@bioscientifica.com.
  • There must be no systematic copying of the whole or of a substantial fraction of any journal issue, except as detailed in benefit 7 above. (See also Proprietary Rights Notice below.)
  • There must be no resale of any full-text article.
  • No copy of any electronic full-text file may be passed outside the subscribing site, except to the institution'sbona fide members as described in benefit 2 above.
  • Print copies are fulfilled by Bioscientifica. Any queries regarding claims for print copies, including lost or damaged in transit, should be addressed directly to Subscription Sales, Bioscientifica Ltd, Starling House, 1600 Bristol Parkway North, Bristol, BS34 8YU, UK Tel: +44 1454 642480, sales@bioscientifica.com.
  • No claims for print copies can be entertained later than 3 months after the date of despatch.


Multi-site licences

If your institution has signed a special multi-site or other licence agreement that includes access to any of the Society for Endocrinology's online journals, the terms of that agreement take precedence over the above terms and conditions.



Institution: An organization, such as a university, college, research institute, hospital or commercial company, occupying a single site.
Member: An employee of the subscribing institution or a student enrolled with the institution for the purpose of engaging in a course of study or research governed by the institution.
Site: The institution's premises gathered in one immediate locality.


Free content

Some articles have been made freely available to all without any access restrictions, either on this site, on PubMed Central, or elsewhere. These articles (the 'Free Content') are marked as 'Free' in the table of contents and on the abstract page. Readers may freely save and transmit copies of the free content for the non-commercial purposes of research, scholarship and education, subject to the following conditions:

There must be no copying or dissemination of the Free Content for commercial purposes, including but not limited to using it for the purposes of promoting a commercial product, without the prior agreement of the SfE for which there will normally be a charge.

There must be no commercial resale of the Free Content, without the prior agreement of SfE. For the avoidance of doubt, use of the material for inter-library loan (ILL) is permitted, as is the charging of a nominal fee to cover administrative costs, provided this is on a not-for-profit basis.

There must be a full acknowledgement of the original publication, including author, year, journal, volume, page number, and the full copyright notice as included on the original article.

Authors may quote sections or reproduce items such as tables or illustrations in other articles by permission from the SfE, always subject to full acknowledgement of the original publication as above. If the copyright in the item is held by someone other than the SfE, as acknowledged within the Free Content, permission must be sought from the copyright owner.


Open Access articles

Some articles are published with financial support from the author's funding body or institution in order that they be made Open Access, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Journal of Endocrinology's Open Access policy.


Proprietary Rights Notice for the Society for Endocrinology's online journals

The person using the Society for Endocrinology's online journals may view, reproduce or store copies of articles comprising the journals provided that the articles are used only for their personal, non-commercial use. Uses beyond that allowed by the "Fair Use" limitations (sections 107 and 108) of the US Copyright law require permission of the publisher.

For permissions to copy beyond that permitted by copyright law, contact the Reproduction Rights Organisation in your country (e.g. the Copyright Clearance Center (USA) or the Copyright Licensing Agency (UK)).

Any uses and or copies of these journals in whole or in part must include the customary bibliographic citation, including author attribution, date, article title, journal title, and the URL https://joe.bioscientifica.com and MUST include a copy of the copyright notice.

Personal accounts and/or passwords may not be shared.


Disclaimer of warranties

In no event shall Society for Endocrinology or KGL PubFactory be liable for any special, incidental, indirect or consequential damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the use of the articles or other material derived from the journals, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage, and on any theory of liability.

This publication is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Descriptions of, or references to, products or publications does not imply endorsement of that product or publication.

The Society for Endocrinology's online journals are under development and changes may be made in these publications and programs at any time. There is no guarantee that the information contained in the online versions of the journals is identical to the print versions of the journals and neither the Society for Endocrinology or KGL PubFactory has any duty to update the information contained on the online versions to correct errors or otherwise.

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Be aware that non-compliance with this rule will result in your access to the Society for Endocrinology's online journals being blocked until you contact us and resolve the problem. If you repeatedly break this rule you will be permanently blocked from the site.

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