Permissions Guidelines

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Since their introduction in 1979 (with revisions in 1998, 2003 and 2008, 2009, 2011), 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.

STM has released the revised STM Permission Guidelines (updating the 2011 Guidelines) which facilitate many routine permission requests among publisher signatories (for information on how to participate, please see the Guidelines or email Kim Beadle at 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  16 April 2014

Name of Publisher- STM Member

Opting out of receiving express permissions (“automatic” process)

Not opting out,  requiring “express” permission requests

Permissions contact (or general web site)/

Other comments for specific journals or other concerns

Adis (part of Springer)

American Chemical Society

American Institute of Physics

American Physical Society

American Society of Civil Engineers





Ammons Scientific LTD


With the exception of the following:

Permission must be requested to use measures, scales, tests, or instruments or items from them.



Borm Bruckmeier Publishing


Cambridge University Press

ChemTec Publishing

CSIRO Publishing

Deutscher Ärzte-Verlag GmbH

EDP Sciences


All requests should be sent by email to:



For anatomical charts (especially “Netter” charts), Elsevier will continue to request express permission requests.

Emerald Group Publishing Ltd


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


All requests should be sent by email to: or submitted via the online Licence Request Form at  

Future Science Group

Henry Stewart Talks



All requests should be sent by email to:


Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

ICE Publishing


All requests should be sent email to:

Igaku-Shoin Ltd

Institute of Physics Publishing

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








Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Journals), a Wolters Kluwer Health business

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Books), a Wolters Kluwer Health business

Lucius & Lucius Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Mainichi Newspapers - JP

Maney Publishing


McGraw-Hill Professional


All requests should be sent by email to:

Morgan & Claypool Life Sciences


Multi-Science Co Publishing Ltd

Nankodo Co., Ltd



Nature Publishing Group


Ohmsha Ltd

Oxford University Press


For books:

For journals:

Pharmaceutical Press


Portland Press

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 to:

Scrub Hill Press 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


Springer Publishing Company

Any 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 participate in these guidelines.  All requests should be send to Taylor & Francis:


Taylor & Francis


For journals:

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:


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

Note many of the member-publishers are routing permissions including STM Permissions Guidelines permissions through the CCC's Rightslink point-of-content licensing solution.   CCC is offering STM members a special discount offer on RightsLink.  Please visit to learn more. 

 CCC's Rightslink: Helping Publishers Implement STM Permissions Guidelines