Last Updated November 15, 2018

Permissions

This page offers advice and guidance on everything related to permissions for our journals, including why you need permission and how to get permission.

If you wish to reuse content that you did not create, or which has been published previously, you will need to obtain express written permission from the copyright owner.

For handy tips on when permission is needed, please refer to this page.

Unless you are certain that one of the scenarios below applies, you must obtain written permission to reuse any content.

The only scenarios in which permission may not be required are where

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Content was published under an open access licence, which automatically permits that type of reuse. Please refer to our useful table Using open access content: when is permission not required? for more information. Please note reuse by a publisher in a journal article/ebook counts as commercial reuse

2

The original publisher of the content and the new publisher wishing to reuse the content are both a Signatory to the STM Permissions Guidelines, and the original publisher has signed up to permit automatic reuse within the quota allowed by the Guidelines. IOP Publishing (IOP) is a Signatory to the Guidelines. Please refer to our section on STM Permissions Guidelines for more information

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You are reusing a figure(s) which was originally published in a journal owned by IOP (see this list) or in a partner journal for which IOP handles permissions (see this list), and you are reusing that figure in another journal published by IOP. In this circumstance, IOP does not need you to obtain permission as we already own the copyright or have the rights to use the copyright. This does not apply to any figure which is credited to another source, or to any figure in an article which does not have the standard IOP copyright line or standard partner copyright line of the journal

4

Copyright protection of the content you wish to reuse has expired (this is generally 70 years after the death of the author (or the last remaining co-author) of the work).

If you wish to make use of content published by IOP, you will need to request express permission from IOP or our relevant partner, unless the content was published under a gold open access licence, which automatically permits that type of reuse. See information below on how to request permission.

 

If you wish to make use of content published by IOP on a gold open access basis, you will not require IOP’s or our partner’s express permission, if that content was published under an open access licence which automatically permits that type of reuse. Please refer to our useful table Using open access content: when is permission not required? for more information.

You do not need permission to reuse content published under the gold open access model under the CC BY licence, provided the CC BY licence terms are adhered to.

For content published under the CC BY-NC-SA licence, you do not need permission for non-commercial use, provided the CC BY-NC-SA licence terms are adhered to.

For more information on our gold open access licensing policy, please refer to this page.

If you are unsure whether the article you wish to use content from was published under the subscription model or the gold open access model, the open access page sets out which journals only publish gold open access articles. It also sets out which journals are hybrid journals (i.e. offer publication under the subscription model and under the gold open access model). Gold open access articles should be tagged with an OPEN ACCESS tag and the licence information (either CC BY or CC BY-NC-SA) at the bottom of the first page of the article. Subscription articles are only available to subscribers of the journal.

You do not need permission if:

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You are reusing a figure(s) that was originally published in a journal owned by IOP (see this list) or in a partner journal for which IOP handles permissions (see this list), and

2

You are reusing that figure in an article you have submitted to be published by IOP.

This is because IOP already owns the copyright (or has the rights to use the copyright) to figures published in these journals. Hence, you are not required to obtain permission.

This does not apply to:

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any content/figure which is credited to another source, or

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any content/figure in an article which does not have the standard IOP copyright line or standard partner copyright line of the journal.

The way you should request permission varies depending on whether the journal you wish to reuse content from is owned by IOP or published by IOP on behalf of one of our partners.

To check whether IOP owns the journal or whether it is published by IOP on behalf of one of our partners, please refer here and select the Publishing partners tab.

This useful flowchart also provides an overview of how to obtain permission from IOP to reuse a figure from one of the journals we publish.

IOP-owned journals
For IOP-owned journals, we have partnered with CCC to use their Republication Service to handle permissions requests to reuse content from subscription articles. Please refer to this page for more information.
Partner journals
For partner journals, the way you should request permission varies depending on whether IOP handles the permissions for that partner journal. For information on how to request permission to reuse content from:

  • Partner journals for which IOP handles permissions requests, refer here (this also lists all the titles which it applies to)
  • Partner journals for which IOP does not handle permissions requests, refer here (this also lists all the titles which it applies to)

IOP is a signatory to the STM Permissions Guidelines. The STM Permissions Guidelines are an agreement between STM Signatory Publishers allowing reuse of small numbers of figures and small amounts of text of one signatory publisher in a journal article or ebook, published by another STM Signatory Publisher, free of charge.

For more information on how the Guidelines apply and why this is useful for authors wishing to use figures or small amounts of text from other STM Signatory Publishers, please refer to this further information.

STM Publishers provide information on their websites on how to request permission. Most STM Publishers use CCC’s Rightslink software to grant permission, and often have a link from the article page through to the Rightslink software so that users can request permission to reuse content from a specific article.

These useful flowcharts provide an overview of:

Use our helpful permissions request form (PDF) to help you submit permissions requests to other publishers who do not use Rightslink/CCC or similar services.

Any questions should be addressed to permissions@iop.org.

We aim to provide an initial response to queries within two working days.

IOP's permissions team handles permissions requests for the following partner journals listed below:

  • Advances in Natural Sciences: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • European Journal of Physics
  • Fluid Dynamics Research
  • Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • Journal of Geophysics and Engineering
  • Journal of Instrumentation
  • Journal of Radiological Protection
  • Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
  • Laser Physics
  • Laser Physics Letters
  • Metrologia
  • New Journal of Physics
  • Nonlinearity
  • Physica Scripta
  • Physics in Medicine and Biology
  • Physiological Measurement
  • Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • The Astrophysical Journal Letters
  • The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

If you wish to reuse content from one of the above partner journals, please email permissions@iop.org to request permission. In your email, please provide as much information as possible about the content you wish to reuse (including journal name, volume number, article number, figure numbers (if applicable)), and  information about how you wish to reuse the content (including the type of publication and who the proposed publisher is).

An initial response to a permission request will usually be provided within two working days.

Some of our partners handle permissions requests themselves. This applies to the journals listed below. Please read the instructions below to request permission to reuse content from these journals:

Applied Physics Express
published by IOP on behalf of the Japan Society of Applied Physics. For permission to reuse content from Applied Physics Express, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to permission@jsap.or.jp
Chinese Physics B
published by IOP on behalf of the Chinese Physical Society. For permission to reuse content from Chinese Physics B, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to cpb@aphy.iphy.ac.cn
Chinese Physics C
published by IOP on behalf of the Chinese Physical Society. For permission to reuse content from Chinese Physics C, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to cpc@ihep.ac.cn
Chinese Physics Letters
published by IOP on behalf of the Chinese Physical Society. For permission to reuse content from Chinese Physics Letters, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to cpl@aphy.iphy.ac.cn
Communications in Theoretical Physics
published by IOP on behalf of the Chinese Physical Society. For permission to reuse content from Communications in Theoretical Physics, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to ctp@itp.ac.cn
Europhysics Letters
published by IOP on behalf of the European Physical Society. For permission to reuse content from Europhysics Letters, please contact permissions@iop.org
Izvestiya: Mathematics
published by IOP on behalf of Turpion. For permission to reuse content from Izvestiya: Mathematics, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to admin@turpion.ru
Japanese Journal of Applied Physics
published by IOP on behalf of the Japan Society of Applied Physics. For permission to reuse content from the Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to permission@jsap.or.jp
Journal of Semiconductors
published by IOP on behalf of the Chinese Institute of Electronics & the Institute of Semiconductors of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. For permission to reuse content from the Journal of Semiconductors, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to rqjin@semi.ac.cn
Nuclear Fusion
published by IOP on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency. For permission to reuse content from Nuclear Fusion, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to sales.publications@iaea.org
Physics–Uspekhi
published by IOP on behalf of Turpion. For permission to reuse content from Physics–Uspekhi, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to admin@turpion.ru
Plasma Science and Technology
published by IOP on behalf of the Institute of Plasma Physics. For permission to reuse content from Plasma Science and Technology, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to pst@ipp.ac.cn
Quantum Electronics
published by IOP on behalf of Turpion. For permission to reuse content from Quantum Electronics, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to admin@turpion.ru
Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics
published by IOP on behalf of the Chinese Astronomical Society. For permission to reuse content from Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to http://www.raa-journal.org
Russian Chemical Reviews
published by IOP on behalf of Turpion. For permission to reuse content from Russian Chemical Reviews, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to admin@turpion.ru
Russian Mathematical Surveys
published by IOP on behalf of Turpion. For permission to reuse content from Russian Mathematical Surveys, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to admin@turpion.ru
Sbornik: Mathematics
published by IOP on behalf of Turpion. For permission to reuse content from Sbornik: Mathematics, please contact our partner directly by sending a permissions request to admin@turpion.ru