"Fair dealing" is an exception to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act which allows some copying for the purposes of research or private study. Very briefly, fair dealing, for Journals, allows the photocopying of one complete article from a single issue of a journal
It is generally accepted that the principle of fair dealing applies to electronic works as well as to printed works. However, any copies made must be for personal use, and should not be distributed electronically (e.g. by uploading onto a server) or as printed copies without permission from the copyright holder.
Further details are available on our Copyright LibGuide