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Terms and conditions

Access to all of CABI's online products and services is provided on the understanding that end-users have read and are willing to abide by a set of Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions are designed to make it clear to users of our products what they may and may not do with the content provided to them as part of their subscription. Our aim has been to make the Terms and Conditions unambiguous and fair to all parties, but if further explanation is required, please send an email to with your Question.
These Terms and Conditions are aimed at end-users of our products, whether trial users or members of subscribing institutions. Each individual subscriber or subscribing institution must also sign a Licence Agreement, which covers a much broader set of conditions of purchase. CABI aims to keep these Licence Agreements as simple and unambiguous as possible, and has mostly adopted the standard Licence Agreements recommended by recognised bodies within our industry. For more information about these Licence Agreements, please send an e-mail to with your question.

CABI terms and conditions

These are the terms on which CABI provides access to users of its online products. CABI is a not-for-profit organisation with its headquarters located at CAB International, Nosworthy Way, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8DE, UK.


Users are granted the non-exclusive and non-transferable right to access this CABI online product under the terms of the Licence Agreement approved and signed by the subscriber or subscribing institution representative. Trial users may access this CABI online product for a limited period of time for the purpose of determining its suitability for purchase. During the free trial period, the trial user will be subject to the same Terms and Conditions as a paying subscriber. Any breach of this licence will result in the immediate termination of access by CABI.

Permitted use

The user may make unlimited online use of the content, including searching, displaying and viewing on screen, and may download, print or email retrieved content for the purposes of research, teaching or private study and not for commercial use (see Prohibited use).

Prohibited use

Systematic downloading and/or archiving, including the copying of more than two copies of a CABI article or abstract is prohibited other than for classroom or instructional use. Users wishing to re-use articles or abstracts for purposes other than classroom or instructional use should contact CABI to obtain written permission. Individual articles or abstracts may not be used for the purposes of monetary reward by means of sale, resale, loan, transfer, hire or other form of exploitation of the licensed materials, and may not be systematically supplied or distributed onward from the site of the user.

It is prohibited to use of any robots, spiders, crawlers or other automated downloading programs, algorithms or devices, or any similar or equivalent manual process, to: (i) continuously and automatically search, scrape, extract, deep link or index any Content; (ii) harvest personal information from any CABI online product for purposes of sending unsolicited or unauthorized material; or (iii) cause disruption to the working of any CABI online product or any other person’s use of any CABI online product. If any CABI online product contains robot exclusion files or robot exclusion headers, you agree to honour them and not use any device, software or routine to bypass them. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any portion or feature of any CABI online product, any other systems or networks connected to any CABI online product or to any CABI server, or any of the products or services provided on, accessed from or distributed through any CABI online products. You may not probe, scan or test the vulnerability of any CABI online product or any network connected to any CABI online product or breach or attempt to breach the security or authentication measures on any CABI online product or any network connected to any CABI online product.

Advertising disclaimer

Any advertising that may appear on any CABI online product is entirely independent of any relationship between CABI and other publishers or external suppliers, and does not imply in any way an endorsement of the advertiser's products or services by CABI.

Usernames and passwords

The user may be allocated a personal username and password for the purpose of gaining access to a CABI online product. Users must not pass such usernames and passwords on to any other individuals in an attempt to by-pass the registration or purchasing procedures for this product. Any such breach of this licence will result in access being terminated for the user concerned.


Except where otherwise stated, CABI or CAB International is the copyright holder for all content, and this licence in no way implies any transfer of that copyright to the user. Users may not modify or adapt in any way any of the content protected by these copyrights in a deliberate attempt to obscure the integrity of the original. Users may, however, manipulate downloaded bibliographic records for the purposes of merging them with references downloaded from other sources. Copyright notices must not be modified or removed from any content obtained under the terms of this licence.

CABI shall use all reasonable endeavours to provide 24-hour electronic availability of CABI online products, but if access is suspended or interrupted or a fault or defect occurs which prevents access to the server, CABI shall accept no liability. The user is responsible for all charges associated with accessing the content, including any computer equipment, telephone or internet connections and access software. CABI reserves the right to refuse access to any individual, network or user at any time.


Although CABI has taken reasonable care to ensure that the information, data and other material made available online is error-free and up to date, it accepts no responsibility for corruption to the information, data and other material thereafter, including but not limited to any defects caused by the transmission or processing of the information, data and other material. The information made available online, including any expression of opinion and any projection or forecast, has been obtained from or is based upon sources believed by CABI to be reliable but is not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness. The information is supplied without obligation and on the understanding that any person who acts upon it or otherwise changes his/her position in reliance thereon does so entirely at his/her own risk. Information supplied is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional or medical advice.

Privacy policy

CABI is registered with the Data Protection Registrar for the purpose of collecting and storing personal information about its customers and subscribers. CABI does not, under any circumstances, sell, trade or rent personal details to any other third party.

Online products licence agreements

On this page you will find CABI's standard Licence Agreements for all online (internet) products, including the online abstract journals, CABDirect, our Internet Resources and the online versions of abstract journals. These standard agreements are provided here for information only, and can be downloaded in PDF format for reference purposes. Individual Licence Agreements will be agreed by negotiation and completed with details of individual subscriptions and access rights. Only one Licence Agreement is required per site; details of all subscribed products should be entered into Schedule 1 of the Agreement.
We recognise that it can often be difficult to determine if your organisation requires a single-site licence or a multi-site one, particularly since different publishers have different policies in this regard. The decision is usually dependent on the publisher’s definition of a “site” and on whether or not a surcharge is levied for multi-site access.

We also recognise that it is hard to generalise when dealing in a global market, and that site licences will nearly always require some individual negotiation. However, to try to make our policy as clear as possible, we have produced a definition of a “typical” single site, which we hope will help you decide what sort of licence you require. If this definition does not match your organisation, please contact for further information.

What is the definition of a site? A “typical” single site will have a single billing address for all subscription purchases. It may consist of several physical buildings, but they would typically be found on a single campus or within a radius of 5-10 miles from the main administrative building. A site may consist of many different departments or units, but they would all be recognised as belonging to the same parent establishment or institution. Staff working at the different locations would be recognised as reporting through a single management structure, ultimately to a single common point or person.

1. Single Institution Licence Agreement
2. Academic Consortium Licence Agreement
3. Corporate Licence Agreement
4. CAB Abstracts Archive Sales Agreement
5. Global Health Archive Sales Agreement
6. Licence for CABI Full Text Databases
7. Licence for CAB Reviews Archive
8. CAB eBooks Archive Sales Agreement
9. CABI eBook Collections Sales Agreement