As a general rule – No. We have a duty of care to the copyright we manage, which means that many of these types of requests are not feasible. To elaborate, there are two key reasons why we don’t allow such open-access / web-based reproductions of our copyright. We do however have exceptions to this rule when suitable licensees can provide evidence they can meet our requirements when developing such web-based versions of our measurement tools. Under such circumstances we support the development of electronic (eCOA or ePRO) versions of our measures
These two requirements are:-
Protecting integrity. The health measurement / Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA) tools available from us include psychometrically validated instruments. In order that everyone can continue to benefit from the measurement qualities of our tools, we require that a careful process of migration from the original paper-based measure to electronic format is carefully adhered to. A document laying out the process for such migration is available from us on request. If you feel you can strictly adhere to this process, and furthermore demonstrate measurement equivalence of your web-based COA, then we may consider granting you permissions to build an ePRO, subject to point 2 below.
Regulation of use of ©. We have a duty to return royalties from the use of our COA’s where appropriate. Where fees are due, we then return the majority of those collected fees to the University of Oxford (where the © originated from the University) which is a registered charity. These collected fees go towards directly funding further research activities in clinical outcome assessment tools at the University of Oxford. Alternatively, we may have an agreement with a non-Oxford entity to manage their copyright on their behalf, which may include taking reasonable actions to manage / protect that copyright on their behalf, including the collection of fees. So by allowing free and open (unregulated) access to our COA’s through a public website, we would be undermining opportunities to collect royalties from the use of our managed copyright. However, if a licensee can prove they are carefully controlling use, by way of registration for example, then we may consider granting rights to licensees to deploy our measures in this way. What we won’t agree to is unregulated open-access of our measures through a website.
So, for organisations that can accommodate the above, and also have an appreciation of ensuring the electronic version they create is able to deliver equivalent results to the original paper version, then we welcome your approach.