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International Non-Commercial Document Supply

International Non-Commercial Document Supply (INCD) is a service which offers overseas educational users the ability to order articles at a reduced royalty rate via the overseas educational institution they are affiliated to.

 INCD provides publishers with a way to reach out to and attract new customers at overseas educational institutions. The service has been endorsed by the STM Association, ALPSP and the Publisher’s Association and offers an attractive proposition to publishers looking to develop their service offering.

INCD enables users at overseas educational institutions to source articles at a lower royalty rate than the standard copyright fee required for the British Library’s service for commercial customers. The service enables educational institutions the ability to route all their document supply article requests via the British Library rather than sourcing material via multiple routes. 

Articles supplied under INCD are solely for an end-user’s own private study or non-commercial research purposes and there is a cap on the number of deliveries to each authorised library in any calendar year.  The cap is set at nine items from each volume of a journal or serial or from the same book.

Additional resources

INCD Online Order Form

Frequently Asked Questions (last updated 07 Jan 2013)

Publisher Toolkit - provides information for publishers about the INCD Service and how to sign up to the framework agreement

Libraries Toolkit - provides information for libraries about the INCD Service and how to register for the service

INCD Licensed Content - check to see what content is available under the INCD service

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