Do I need a subscription for my thesis?

Where your thesis will be published has a direct relationship to the account type you need when exporting your figures!

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Written by Shane Williams
Updated over a week ago

If your thesis is going to be uploaded to a University database or library we do not consider this as a published thesis. Therefore, you can definitely use our free basic version for this.

If your thesis will be published in an article or journal (open access included), we do consider this a published thesis and recommend upgrading to our paid premium subscriptions to obtain the publication license.

Here is a breakdown of where you can use your figures on our self-serve plans ⏬

License and Usage:


Use Case


Academic Individual License

Academic Lab License

Academic Institutional License

Publishing uses

Journal publication

Journal Cover

Published thesis

Not-for-profit website

Textbook figures, 5 or less

Textbook figures, greater than 5 figures, or less than and equal to 15

Textbook figures, more than 15

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Personal YouTube / social media (no profit)

Unpublished thesis

Conference poster (academic user)

Grant application

Academic Poster

Internal Meetings (lab or team)

Conference Presentation (Academic Audience)


Teaching Slides

Personal Blog Website posts (No profit)

* The Watermark must be included in the exported figure with a Basic account

* A Premium plan (Academic or Industry) is recommended for all print users

* Completed Graphics included in any published or printed material, including websites and social media, containing BioRender Content as permitted hereunder must include the following credit adjacent to the Completed Graphics or in audio/visual production credits: “Created with”.

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