Where can I use my illustrations? Where can I use my illustrations?

Where can I use my illustrations?

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Licensing and usage of figures made in BioRender

BioRender offers different plans with varying licensing and usage restrictions for the figures created on our platform. If you're using the Basic Free plan or you are on a 14-Day Free Trial, the figures you create can only be used for academic purposes such as unpublished grant applications, posters, educational presentations, or unpublished theses/dissertations. It's important to note that you cannot use these figures in published works such as journals, periodicals, or any commercial projects without an active paid subscription.


Please review our Basic License Terms found at:
https://www.biorender.com/basic-license for further information on permitted and prohibited uses.

If you’re looking to use your BioRender figures in published works or commercial projects, you will need to subscribe to one of our paid plans (Academic or Industry). With our paid plans, you have the flexibility to use your figures for a wider range of purposes.


Please review our Academic License Terms found at: https://www.biorender.com/academic-license for further information on permitted and prohibited uses under an Academic plan.



Please review our Industry License Terms found at: https://www.biorender.com/industry-license for further information on permitted and prohibited uses under an Industry plan.


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Unpublished thesis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)







Use Case


Industry Individual License

Industry Team License

Industry Enterprise License

Publishing uses





Unpublished thesis

Personal YouTube / social media

Conference Presentation


Journal publication


Published thesis


Journal cover


Textbook figures, 5 or less


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


Textbook figures, more than 15

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YouTube / social media channels that generate revenue


Marketing materials


Conference poster (industry)


Any commercial uses that generate profit


Trade show materials including brochures


Information Packets/User Guides that are associated with a product.




Company website


  • 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 your unique citation or citation URL adjacent to the Completed Graphics or in audio/visual production credits.

Additional Information:

Thesis and dissertations:

BioRender figures can be used in thesis and dissertations uploaded to university libraries or databases without upgrading. For publishing in journals or wider databases, an Academic license is required.

Non for profit textbook and chapters:

If you are seeking to publish 5 figures or less an Academic Monthly or Annual is required; Student and Postdoc Plans cannot be used for textbook publications.

If you are seeking to publish 5 or up to 15 figures, a Monthly or Annual Academic Lab plan or Industry Annual is required. The lab plan includes up to 15 figures/seat.

For-profit textbook and book chapters:

Industry Annual licensing is required if you are gaining any profit and are using your illustration in a textbook or book chapter. Please note the Monthly Industry plan cannot be used.

Conditions for publication rights:

  1. The figure was exported on a paid subscription
  2. Citation with your unique citation anywhere in the publication. 

As each use case can be unique and specific to your needs if you do not see your use case here, please contact our support team and we can direct you to the appropriate plan.

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