Following the procedures established by the creators of the BNC, the PERC Corpus project team sent letters to major journal publishers asking for permission to use copyrighted material. Requests were sent to more than 1,500 journals. At present, copyright clearance has been obtained for nearly 300 journals from over 60 publishers.

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