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The Publication Cycle: Guide to Library Support

From creating new journals to building your bibliography to archiving your publications, the UT Libraries offer a host of tools and services to help researchers throughout the publication and research cycle.

Copyright Permissions

Securing Permissions

Securing permission to use copyrighted materials in teaching can be quite different from seeking permission for use of copyrighted materials in writing and publishing.  This page focuses on permissions from a researcher's or author's perspective.

  • Need an introduction? Review through Columbia's Asking for Permission for help seeking permissions to use copyrighted works. It includes model letters for seeking permissions.
  • Find out more about Fair Use below.

Reusing Tables and Figures from Major Publishers

Several publishers allow UT researchers  "to use, with appropriate credit, figures, tables and brief excerpts … in the Authorized User’s own scientific, scholarly and educational works."  This means that UT researchers don't need to seek explicit permission to reuse these figures/tables in their own articles, chapters, or other scholarly works, as long as appropriate credit is given.  This language comes from the contracts or licenses that the Libraries have with the following publishers:

  • SAGE
  • Wiley-Blackwell

In 2008, several publishers agreed to "Guidelines for Quotation and Other Academic Uses of Excerpts from Journal Articles," from the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers and the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers.  These guidelines are more restrictive than the licenses identified above, and our licenses take precedence over these guidelines. 

The agreement allows academics (and academic institutions) to use two figures/tables from a journal article (or no more than five from a volume) without permission from the publisher, so long as the publisher is the copyright owner of those figures/tables, and that the use is for "scholarly comment or non-commercial research or educational use."  See the guidelines for full details.  The following publishers agreed to the 2008 guidelines:

  • American Chemical Society
  • BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
  • Elsevier
  • Institute of Physics
  • International Union of Crystallography
  • John Wiley & Sons (including Blackwell) [see the license language above for our agreement with Wiley]
  • Oxford University Press journals
  • Portland Press Limited
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • SAGE Publications [see the license language above for our agreement with SAGE]
  • Springer Science+Business Media
  • Taylor & Francis