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The National Archives provides a wide range of guidance about official publications as part of a series of guidance notes designed to guide, alert and advise on a range of publishing, copyright and access matters.

We welcome as wide a dissemination of these guidance notes as possible and they may be copied and distributed without restriction, for example by newsletters, email, notice boards, in training manuals, on websites and intranets.

Copyright and publishing notices  (PDF, 0.11Mb)

Copyright in typographical arrangement  (PDF, 0.03Mb)

How to publish a Command Paper  (PDF, 0.55Mb)

The National Published Archive - legal deposit of official publications  (PDF, 0.09Mb)

Maintaining the bibliography of UK official publications  (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Notices on government websites (PDF, 0.05Mb)

Official publications - extending availability for disabled people  (PDF, 0.07Mb)

A list of copyright guidance is also available.

We welcome comments on any other topics where departments, agencies and users would find guidance useful.

If you have any queries regarding official publishing issues, or would like to add your name to the distribution list for official publishing updates, please contact the Information Policy team at or phone +44 (0)20 8392 5218.

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