Commissioning Terms


This document sets out the terms upon which we will commission contributions for publication on (“Contribution or Contributions”). In this document, the words “we”, “us” and “our” mean The Quad Journal Limited, owner and operator of; “you” and “your” mean the contributor.

We will always confirm the commission of Contributions from you in writing, usually by email. This will confirm the subject matter of a Contribution, its approximate required length, the date by which the contribution is to be submitted to us, and any other relevant matters. Any variations should be agreed in writing.

The commissioning of a Contribution for publication does not mean that your Contribution will be published in the form originally supplied. We may decide not to publish your Contribution, or to publish it having made any changes reasonably required for editorial and / or legal reasons, in either case, in our sole discretion. You will be required to cooperate with us in the process of checking your Contribution for accuracy, legal safety or any other editorial reason, and agree to make any changes reasonably required by us for any reason.

If requested, you will co-operate and reasonably assist us in responding to any complaints or legal claims arising from publication of your Contribution.

You warrant that your Contribution is original and any relevant third party clearances have been obtained.

You accept that the nature of our business model means that you will only be paid if your Contribution is published on All revenue generated on published Contributions will be split as follows:

  • 60% of all revenue generated by Contributors published on will go into a central pool. This pool of revenue will be split equally on a ‘click by click’ basis by the amount of traffic generated by specific Contributions. This revenue will be paid to contributors within 30 days of the revenue being received by TheArticle
  • 40% of revenue generate by Contributors will be used for maintenance of platform, legal costs, sub editing and other wider publishing activities as well as the creation of a profitable business concern which will support the platform.
  • All other revenue generation on platform (such as home pages, navigation pages and areas which are not attributed to a specific journalist along with third party revenue lines) will be distributed at our sole discretion. The intention is that a minimum of 60% of all revenue generated from these areas will be paid to contributors.
  • You will receive 60% of net identifiable syndication profits received by us for any material which we syndicate as an individual item (for clarity, this means where a third party has requested a specific individual piece of work. We will not account to you where pieces of work form part of a larger bulk content package provided by us to third parties).

You agree that we may issue self-billed invoices on your behalf and pay you by BACS. If you are VAT registered, please provide your VAT certificate.

You will retain all copyright in all Work. For the payment(s) due under the above model, you grant us an irrevocable, perpetual, assignable, sub-licensable, royalty free, worldwide licence to use, copy, store, print, publish, display, reproduce, distribute and exploit the Contribution (including adaptations, abstracts, excerpts, extracts and summaries) in our or our affiliates’ publications in whatever medium now known or in the future, including electronic, digital audio and/or visual forms and to sub-licence our rights, including (without limitation) to owners of databanks [and NLA Media] for storage, copying, republication and redistribution to third parties for further storage, copying, publication and distribution in any medium on a non-exclusive basis. The licence shall be exclusive to us from the date of creation until 90 days following publication by us of the Work.