Permission Request Procedures
The American Physiological Society works in partnership with the Copyright Clearance Center‘s RightsLink™ service to meet the needs of authors and organizations to reproduce previously published material. Permissions must be sought for the reuse of articles, figures, tables, images, abstracts, and data from published works for use in books, journal articles, newsletters, newspapers, CME training materials, intranets, websites, presentations, photocopies and coursepacks. Permission fees and other charges will be calculated on the basis of intended use, number of reproductions and other factors, and a license for reuse will be issued. Prior to requesting permission for reuse of APS materials, please verify that APS is the copyright holder. A figure or table caption will indicate if copyright is held by another entity.
To request reuse of works from APS journals:
Please follow the steps below:
- You can access the APS journals at www.physiology.org. Locate the article online that contains the content for which you are seeking permission, using the issue table of contents for the article you are interested in.
- Select the "Reprints and Permissions" button under the article to open RightsLink. The following page will be launched:
- Log in to your existing account or create and account for payment.
- Select the description of how you will use the content from the drop-down menus as they appear until you get to the "Quick Price" and then continue as directed.
- Accept the terms and conditions of your permission grant (one click). You will receive an email providing you with an order confirmation and license details.
RightsLink will issue a printable license of your request, which is your official confirmation of granted permission for reuse of APS published material. For questions about using the RightsLink service, please contact Customer Service via phone 877-622-5543 (toll free) or 978-777-9929, or email email@example.com
For permissions for reuse of materials from APS books, or to request reprints of articles, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mandatory Submission Form serves as the Society's official copyright transfer form. (Forms customized to your manuscript will become available on completion of the submission process; check the Info Page of the journal to which you are submitting, for blank forms.) The APS Journals are copyrighted for the protection of authors and the Society.
Rights of Authors of APS Articles
For educational purposes only, authors may make copies of their own articles or republish parts of these articles (e.g., figures, tables), without charge and without requesting permission, provided that full acknowledgement of the source is given in the new work. Also, authors may e-mail a PDF of their article to fellow researchers for educational purposes. However, authors may not post a PDF of their published article on any website; instead, links may be posted to the article on the APS journal website where it resides. Posting of articles or parts of articles is restricted and subject to the conditions below.
Rights of Authors for Reuse of Content from their Articles
Theses and dissertations. APS permits whole published articles to be reproduced without charge in dissertations, which may be posted to theses repositories. Full citation is required.
Open courseware. Articles, or parts of articles, may be posted to a public access courseware website. Permission must be requested from the APS. A copyright fee will apply during the first 12 months of the article’s publication by the APS. The APS requires full citation for all permissions granted.
Institutional websites. The author’s published article (in whole or in part) may not be posted to an institutional website, neither at the institutional nor departmental level. This exclusion includes, but is not limited to, library websites and national government websites. Instead, a link to the article on the APS journal website should be used. (See also the APS Policy on Funding Agencies, below.)
Institutional repositories (non-theses). The author’s published article (in whole or in part) may not be posted to any institutional repository. This exclusion includes, but is not limited to, library repositories and national government repositories. Instead, a link to the APS journal website should be used. (See also the APS Policy on Funding Agencies, below.)
Author’s article in presentations. Authors may use their articles (in whole or in part) for presentations (e.g., at meetings and conferences). These presentations may be reproduced (e.g., in monographs) on any type of media including, but not limited to, CDs, DVDs, and flash drives, for educational use only in materials arising from the meeting or conference such as the proceedings of a meeting or conference. A copyright fee will apply if there is a charge to the user or if the materials arising are directly or indirectly commercially supported.
Reuse in another journal before final publication is prohibited. Permission for reuse of an article (whether in whole or in part) in another publication is restricted to the final published version of the article. If an article is currently published on the APS "publish ahead of print" website (Articles in PresS), then the author must wait to request permission to reuse the article, or any part of the article, until such time when the article appears in final-published form on the APS journal website.
Authors who do not have access to a subscription and/or who are not APS members may
- purchase the article through the pay-per-view option, or
- purchase a Toll-Free Link from APS, which will allow them to post a link to the APS journals website (directly to the article) enabling unlimited free downloads for any user accessing the article via this Toll-Free Link.
Organizations Requesting Permission to Reuse the Work of Others for Educational Purposes
APS grants permission for free use of our articles (in whole or in part) in educational materials provided
- there is no charge or fee for those materials, and/or
- those materials are not directly or indirectly commercially supported.
If a fee is charged or the materials are commercially supported, a fee will be assessed when permission is granted.
Translation of a Figure or Table into another Language
Figures and tables and (as well as relevant text legends) may be translated into another language, for reuse. Full citation and attribution for the English original is required, as well as a disclaimer regarding the completeness and accuracy of the translation. Full article translations may require a licensing contract.