d Elsevier Author Guidelines - Permission
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It is your responsibility to obtain permission to use copyright material. The copyright owner needs to be told exactly what you wish to use and will normally require an acknowledgement.

Any substantial extract from a published source (including newspapers, pamphlets, maps, advertisements, packaging, etc.) will need permission from the author or original publisher before it can be reproduced. Even adaptations are subject to copyright and sometimes permission to make alterations will not be granted.

The term of copyright varies from country to country. In the UK it is now seventy years from the end of the year in which the author died, or in the case of any posthumously published work, seventy years from the end of the year of publication. In the case of journals which hold the copyright in their articles the term is seventy years after publication.

In the USA the term of copyright lasts for a period from the date of publication. This period varies according to the year of publication.

Material in the public domain, such as Hansard, does not generally require permission. Speeches made in public also fall into this category but very little else does. Government publications from HMSO are not in the public domain.

Please indicate to us in a separate statement delivered with your copy which items require acknowledgement. You should confirm that all permissions have been applied for and granted and let us have copies of letters relating to permissions obtained. Ensure that you draw our attention to any specific acknowledgement wording required by the copyright owner or any restrictions specified.

You should apply to the publisher for permissions in the first instance. You will be put in contact with the author if necessary.

Any fees you are asked to pay are your responsibility but please consult your commissioning editor if they seem unreasonable, or you have doubts about what is involved.

It can take a long time for permissions to be granted. Sometimes you will find it difficult to track down the copyright holder – the original publishing company may have gone out of business, for example – so it is important that you start writing for them early on.

Please use the standard permission letter which you can download from this website when writing for permissions.