Permissions Guidelines

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In order to participate and become a signatory to the Guidelines, the publisher must be a member of STM.  Please visit the Members section for information on how to join the Association.  For any questions regarding the Guidelines please email Kim Beadle at

Authors and researchers wishing to obtain permissions are referred to their respective publishers.

Since their introduction in 1979 (with revisions and clarifications issued in 1998, 2003 and 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014), the STM Permissions Guidelines on the re-use of limited amounts of material from published works have helped STM member companies (list below) facilitate the publishing process in many cases where delays and costs would have otherwise been incurred. 

The STM Permission Guidelines facilitate many routine permission requests among publisher signatories. The Guidelines note that requests for small portions of text and a limited number of illustrations should be granted on a gratis basis for signatory participants, and further describe a more automatic process which eliminates the need for requests to be transmitted (some signatories have chosen this route, others continue to request express permission requests). The Guidelines apply to both book and journal content, and facilitate reproduction further editions or in other media such as in online form. 


Signatories to STM Permissions Guidelines as of 23 August 2016


Name of Publisher- STM Member Notification not required (“automatic” process) Notification required Permissions contact (or general web site)/ Other comments for specific journals or other concerns
Adis (part of Springer)

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)  


American Chemical Society
American Institute of Physics
American Physical Society
American Psychological Association (APA)   With the exception of the following:"APA does not grant permission for use of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and derivative products, the APA Dictionary of Psychology and derivative products, and publications from Magination Press.  Permission is required to use measures, scales, tests, or instruments in part or in their entirety"
American Society of Civil Engineers  

Anadem Publishing Inc.


All requests should be cleared via RightsLink or sent by email to

Borm Bruckmeier Publishing
British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)    √

All requests should be sent by e-mail to:

CABI    √ All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
Cambridge University Press
Cardiotext Publishing   All requests should be sent by email to:
ChemTec Publishing
CSIRO Publishing
De Gruyter  

All requests should be sent by email to:

Deutscher Ärzte-Verlag GmbH
EB Medicine  

All requests should be sent by email to:

EDP Sciences   All requests should be sent by email to:
Elsevier   For anatomical charts (especially “Netter” charts), Elsevier will continue to request express permission requests.
Emerald Group Publishing Ltd   √ 

All requests should be sent by email to:

European Respiratory Society  

All requests should be sent by email to:

Future Medicine
Future Science
(Future Science Group)
Henry Stewart Talks   All requests should be sent by email to:
Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co. KG   http://www.hogrefe.de
ICE Publishing   All requests should be sent email to:

Igaku-Shoin Ltd (including MEDSi)
Institute of Physics Publishing
IWA Publishing  

All requests should be sent by email to:

John Benjamins Publishing Company
John Wiley & Sons Inc. and its subsidiaries,
including John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Please note certain Wiley Publications are excluded from the Guidelines  including:

Branded content such as the For Dummies series, use of measures, scales, tests or instruments; architectural graphic standards; all Tortora anatomical charts and surgical diagrams, NANDA-I Nursing Diagnoses.

All titles by Strahler, Voet, Van Cleave, Noam (including Executive Editor Notes) DeBlij: Human Geography and articles from Leader to Leader.

All requests should be cleared via RightsLink or sent by email to




Mainichi Newspapers - JP
McGraw-Hill Professional  

Please note that McGraw-Hill Higher Education content (MHHE), School Education Group content (SEG) and CTB Testing content are excluded from the Guidelines.

All requests for McGraw-Hill Professional content should be sent by email to:

Medical Sciences International Ltd (MEDSi) - part of Igaku-Shoin Ltd  

All requests should be sent by e-mail to:

Morgan & Claypool Life Sciences
Nankodo Co., Ltd
Nature Publishing Group    √

Please note that Scientific American is excluded from the Guidelines.

The Optical Society  

All requests should be sent by email to:

Oxford University Press   For books: journals:
Pan Stanford Publishing   All requests should be sent by email to:
Pharmaceutical Press
Portland Press
Radcliffe Cardiology   All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
Royal Society of Chemistry
SAGE Publications     Articles from the following publications are not included
in the Guidelines:- Race & Class- Index on Censorship

- Sociological Research Online

- Environment & Urbanization

- Journal of Asian and African Studies

- International Journal of Comparative Sociology

- Transcultural Psychiatry

- Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources’

Science Reviews 2000 Ltd
Scion Publishing   All requests should be sent by email
Scrub Hill Press Inc.

S. Hirzel Verlag  

For the journal 'Acta Acustica united with Acustica' and for S.Hirzel Verlag Leipzig scientific and technical titles

S. Hirzel Verlag  

For S. Hirzel Verlag Stuttgart scientific and technical titles.  All requests should b cleared through RightsLink or sent by e-mail to  A separate request is required for follow-up editions, reprints and other editions

Sinauer Associates, Inc.

SLACK Incorporated  

Exceptions to the guidelines are the following two books:

-  Phacodynamics: Mastering the Tools and Techniques of Phacoemulsification Surgery, 4th Ed (Seibel, 2004)

-  Gait Analysis: Normal and Pathological Function, 2nd Ed (Perry and Burnfield, 2010)

All requests should be sent by e-mail to:

Society for Endocrinology & BioScientifica Ltd   http://www.endocrinology-journals.org
Springer Publishing Company queries should be sent by e-mail to:
Springer Science+Business Media
Taylor & Francis   Only imprints CRC Press, Garland Science and The Routledge Built Environment List and Psychology Press participate in these guidelines.  All requests should be send to Taylor & Francis: 
Taylor & Francis  

For journals:

Excludes Expert Review and Expert Opinion

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET)  

Applies only to Academic Publishing.  Practitioner Publishing (including Tech Regs and IET Standards publications) require direct permission requests to The IET.

Thieme Pubilshing Group- Thieme Medical Publishers Inc. (NY)- MVS Medizin Verlage Stuttgart Gmbh Co. KG- Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd (Delhi)

- Georg Thieme Verlag KG (Stuttgart)

  Permission contact is required by writing to:  Important note: Thieme has removed numerous illustrations from the STM permissions agreement.  These include, but are not limited to, all anatomical illustrations.  For a complete list of titles whose contents are excluded from the STM agreement, please see:
Wolters Kluwer Health - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins  


World Health Organization   With the following conditions:-    The material should not be reproduced for use in association with product marketing or promotional activities.-    There should be no suggestion that WHO endorses any specific company or products in the publication or in the manner of distribution of the publication.-    The WHO logo and emblem shall not be reproduced.


World Scientific Publishing

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