Copyright Permissions

All materials included in your book must be your original work, or properly cited, with copyright permissions, where needed. Always cite the source of copyrighted information in full. Sources should be complete and accurate in citation as well as in references. If the cited work is from a published source, obtain written copyright permission to reprint.  We can provide you with a permission request form letter, or for the fastest electronic results, make your requests through the Copyright Clearance Center ( is external)). Authors are responsible for any fees associated with permission to reprint copyrighted material.

Obtain Copyright Permission for:

  • Quotation of published text that exceeds 300 words, or that constitute less than 10 percent of the total work. Quotations taken from the same source that are spread throughout the manuscript must not exceed 10 percent of your manuscript.
  • Quotation of song lyrics of any length.
  • Quotation of more than two lines of poetry in text, or one line of poetry used as an epigraph in the chapter opener.
  • Unpublished material belonging to another source that is the intellectual property of said source or heir. This includes notes, personal correspondence, diaries, journals, photographs, drawings, paintings, etc.
  • Published photographs, figures, data, tables, graphs, or other visual material found in scholarly articles, essays, or book chapters, or websites or databases.

When is permission not required?

Permission is not required for text that falls within the public domain, that is, anything published in the U.S. on or before December 31, 1922; or anything published by the US government, unless it contains a copyright notice.

The Fair Use Act aims to make research and other published work easier to reprint without written permission, if the material is being used for non-profit or educational use. To properly use text that falls under Fair Use, you must a) clearly identify that the material is not your original work, b) do not distort the meaning of the quotation, c) make sure the quotation is exactly worded from its original source, and d) give full credit to the source.

When in doubt, request permission. 

Obtain permission using the Copyright Clearance Center.  It is the easiest and fastest way to request copyright permission from myriad sources and obtain quick response. The CCC can provide almost instant access and results to copyright permission requests, however, to avoid delays in obtaining copyright permission, we strongly suggest that you request permissions during the writing phase of your manuscript.

You can request standard form letters from your project editor to assist you in obtaining copyright permission, or go to is external) to fill out an online request form.