2 Obtain permission from the original publisher
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The easiest way to obtain permission to reproduce a figure is through RightsLink. The majority of publishers – including Elsevier, ACS, Wiley and Taylor & Francis – use this service.
If the publisher of the figure doesn't use RightsLink
You can request permissions directly from the publisher. There is often a link or online form on the publisher's website for permission requests, which will either link you to RightsLink or to another method for obtaining permissions. When using RightsLink, the requestor type should be either ‘STM Publisher’ or ‘Non-profit’.
If the publisher doesn't use RightsLink & doesn't have a specific procedure for permissions requests
If you are unable to find a way to request permission, please complete the Permissions request for non-RSC material form and send it to the permissions administrator or editor of the publication.
When requesting permissions, please note that the Royal Society of Chemistry is:
- a non-profit organisation and
- a signatory to the STM permission guidelines.
This will often allow reproduction of figures without the payment of fees.
Type of permission
Your permission request must cover:
- reuse of the specified material in the book and in all subsequent editions of the book
- distribution throughout the world
- all media including electronic and microfilm and to use the material in conjunction with computer-based electronic and information retrieval systems
- permissions for photocopying, reproductions and reprints
- translation of the material and publication of the translation.
If a publisher requires payment for reuse of a figure
You can contact the publisher directly and request that any fees be waived. The following working can be used:
'I note that you request a payment of X for use of material Y. The Royal Society of Chemistry is a registered charity (number 207890) devoted to advancing the chemical sciences. As a signatory to the STM Guidelines on Permissions and in the interest of facilitating the dissemination of chemical knowledge, we do not charge for re-use of our own material and we grant permission to requests such as this free of charge. Could you please consider waiving your fee in this instance?'