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 13 January 2020

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 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   E-mail:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)  

All requests should be sent by e-mail to:

Anadem Publishing Inc.

Apple Academic Press

All requests should be sent by e-mail to:

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:
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:

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
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
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  √



Karger Publishers   √ 

All requests should be sent by email to:

Mainichi Newspapers - JP
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:

Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Nankodo Co., Ltd
The Optical Society

All requests should be sent by email to:

Oxford University Press For books:
For journals:
Pharmaceutical Press
Portland 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:

SAGE Publications  

Articles from the following publications are not included in the Guidelines:

  • Context
  • Diogenes
  • Index on Censorship
  • Medical Decision Making
  • 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
Scrub Hill Press Inc.

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 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:

Springer Publishing Company  Any queries should be sent by e-mail to:

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 these guidelines: CRC Press, Psychology Press, Routledge Built Environment and Routledge Behavioural Sciences. Details on how to secure permission are available at:

Taylor & Francis (Journals)

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 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


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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