Publisher members of STM may become signatories to the STM Permissions Guidelines, which provide a streamlined procedure for permissions between signatories to use extracts from copyright works.  The majority of the STM Signatories partner with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to implement RightsLink®, an automated permissions solution on their websites directly from the point of content.

For avoidance of doubt, not eligible for clearance under these STM Permissions Guidelines are re-publication requests in relation to primary publication materials in secondary or tertiary publications where less than 70% of the total secondary or tertiary publications consist of original material and, thus, 30% or more of materials may be non-primary or originated by third parties.

The STM Permissions Group comprises of the Rights, Permissions and Licensing Managers representing the permissions departments of many STM publishers which are signatories to the Permissions Guidelines, to promote a common understanding of the terms of the Guidelines.  The Permissions Group can help with the training, even induction, of new permissions officers of Signatories to the Guidelines, in relation to the use of the Guidelines.

The STM Permissions Group is made up of the following:

Elizabeth Alimena, Oxford University Press
Gemma Alaway, Institute of Physic Publishing
Bonnie Beacher, McGraw-Hill Professional
Susann Brailey, AIP Publishing
Gill Cockhead, Royal Society of Chemistry
Rebecca Cook, John Wiley & Sons
Paulette Dooler, Taylor & Francis (including Informa)
Barbara Elias, Thieme Publishing Group
Julie Halfacre, BMJ
Tatiana Itovat, World Health Organization
Mark Majurey, Taylor & Francis (including Informa)
Kathrin Muellenbach, DeGruyter
Corey Parker, Journal of Orthopedic Sport & Physical Therapy (JOSPT)
Susan Philcox, CABI
Natalie Qureshi, Elsevier
Thomas Ramsden, Wolters Kluwer Health 
Rachel Richards, Cambridge University Press
Heike Schwabenthan, Thieme Publishing Group
Silvia Serra, Springer Nature (Chair)
Eric Slater, American Chemical Society
Matt Wascavage, American Physical Society
Laura Wilson, Emerald Group Publishing 


Permissions Guidelines

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

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STM has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and leading provider of licensing solutions, to offer RightsLink at a discounted rate. STM recognizes that in these challenging economic times our members can benefit greatly from this revenue-generating solution.

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