Permissions Guidelines

Download the 2020 version of the Permission Guidelines (2020 version)

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.

If you are interested in participating in the permissions guidelines, you will need to contact to request an additional form for completion. Please note that participation of the guidelines is based on a principle of reciprocity and you must be a publisher of primary research. Members are also encouraged to familiarise themselves with the guidelines prior to application.  All signatories are encouraged to participate in the quarterly STM Permissions guidelines roundtable.

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


Signatories to STM Permissions Guidelines as of 8 November 2021

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
AIP Publishing
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
All requests should be logged at the following site:
For help, please e-mail:
Please note that the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) by Gelinas et al, published in 2006 in the American Journal of Critical Care (volume 15, issue 4, pp 420-427), is excluded from the Guidelines. For assistance and pricing to reuse the CPOT, please e-mail
American Chemical Society
American Mathematical Society
All requests should be cleared via Copyright Clearance Center or sent by e-mail to  Material published in Notices of the AMS is excluded from the Guidelines.
General permission inquiries:
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
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American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
Anadem Publishing Inc.
Apple Academic Press
All requests for Apple Academic Press titles are to be submitted via Taylor & Francis (Books) according to the instructions outlined at
Begell House
All requests should be cleared via RightsLink or sent by email to


BioExcel Publishing
All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
All requests should be cleared via RightsLink.
Please note that infographics from The BMJ are excluded from the Guidelines.
BMJ’s participation in the Guidelines applies to signatories when reusing content in journal articles only.
Signatories reusing BMJ content in books and other products will be charged a permission fee. BMJ will pay permission fees for the reuse of any signatories book content in our products.
Our RightsLink implementation reflects this change.
Please email any queries to
British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited
All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
Permission should be cleared in the first instance through PLSclear at
Any queries should be directed to
Cambridge University Press
Cardiotext Publishing
All requests should be sent by email to:
The Chemical Society of Japan
All requests should be sent by email to:
Content from the following two journals are included:
- Chemistry Letters:
-Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan:
ChemTec Publishing
Clinical Pocket Reference Ltd
All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
CSIRO Publishing
De Gruyter
All requests should be sent by email to:
Deutscher Ärzte-Verlag GmbH
Dunedin Academic Press
EB Medicine
All requests should be sent by email to:
EDP Sciences
Please submit using:
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:
Endocrine Society
For journals:
For books and all other content please email
European Respiratory Society
All requests should be sent by email to:
Future Medicine Future Science Newlands Press (Future Science Group)
Geological Society of London
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 (including MEDSi)
IOP Publishing and its subsidiaries
All requests should be sent by email to:
Ishiyaku Publishers, Inc.
All requests should be sent by email to:
IWA Publishing
All requests should be sent by email to:
Jenny Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd
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.
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
Johnson Matthey Technology Review
E-mail: Web:
Karger Publishers
All requests should be sent by email to:
Materials Research Forum LLC
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:
Nankodo Co., Ltd
OAE Publishing Inc.
Optica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)
All requests should be sent by email to:
Oxford University Press
For books:
For journals:
Pharmaceutical Press
Radcliffe Cardiology
All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
Royal Society of Chemistry
All requests should be sent by e-mail to:
SAE International
Process requests via Copyright Clearance Center. Questions can be sent to

Guidelines apply to books, technical papers, scholarly journal articles and EDGE Research Reports. All standards documents are excluded.

SAGE Publications
Articles from the following publications are not included in the Guidelines:
  • Context
  • Diogenes
  • Index on Censorship
  • Race and Class
  • Society and Mental Health
More details can be found on the SAGE website:
Scion Publishing
All requests should be sent by email
Seismological Society of America
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 three 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)
-  Physical Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy: An Evidence-Based Approach (Rahlin, 2016)
Details available at or send by e-mail to:
Springer Publishing Company  Any queries should be sent by e-mail to:
Springer Nature
Please note that Scientific American is excluded from the Guidelines.
Taylor & Francis (Books)
Only the following Taylor & Francis book imprints and subject areas participate in the STM Permissions Guidelines: CRC Press, Psychology Press, Routledge Built Environment, Routledge Behavioural Sciences and Apple Academic Press titles. Details on how to secure permission are available at:


Taylor & Francis (Journals)
For journals all requests should be sent by e-mail to:
Includes: F1000 Research
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 Publishing 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
Excludes Medknow Publications
Books: Journals:
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
W. W. Norton & Company
Please submit using the online request form

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