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Guide for graduate students using previously published articles in their thesis and dissertations. Copyright implications and permissions.
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Purpose of this guide

Many students, in the process of completing their thesis or dissertations, will have their work published in journals. Once this work has been published, student authors have usually signed away their  (copy) rights to the article. This can become a challenge when students work on their theses or dissertations. This LibGuide serves to help students find the information they need in order to accessand obtain the necessary permissions to republish  their own work. The guide includes major publishers' copyright information as well as links to the journals for the publishers listed.  The list on this page are some of the major publishers and are also under the tabs by title alphabetically available in this guide.


In order to use this guide, you need to know who the PUBLISHER  is of your journal, for example the journal Chemical Communications is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, so click on the Q-Z tab to get to the correct publisher. If you are not sure who is the publishing company , just Google the journal title . If you are still not sure of the publisher, contact your librarian.

  • ACS - American Chemical Society Publications
    From the ACS Publications website: “The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides the worldwide scientific community with a comprehensive collection of the most-cited, peer-reviewed journals in the chemical and related sciences.”
  • AIP - American Institute of Physics
    From the API website: "The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership corporation created for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to serve the sciences of physics and astronomy by serving its Member Societies, individual scientists, students and the general public."
  • AMSA - American Medical Student Association
    From the AMSA website: “Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health.”
  • ASBMB - American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    From the ASBMB website: “The Society's purpose is to advance the science of biochemistry and molecular biology through publication of scientific and educational journals, … organization of scientific meetings, advocacy for funding of basic research and education, support of science education at all levels, and promoting the diversity of individuals entering the scientific workforce.”
  • ASCE - American Soceity of Civil Engineers  
    From the ASCE website: ASCE’s mission is to “provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good. In carrying out that mission, ASCE: advances technology, encourages lifelong learning, promotes professionalism and the profession, develops civil engineer leaders, and advocates infrastructure and environmental stewardship.”
  • ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Taken from the ASME website: "ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world."
  • ASTM International - American Society for Testing and Materials
    From the ASTM International website: “ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.”
  • BioMed Central
    From the BioMed Central website: “BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 252 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals.”
  • Company of Biologists, The
    From The Company of Biologist's website: "The Company is committed to the widest possible dissemination of the research it publishes and its digital archives go back as far as 1853, making a wealth of classic material available to everybody in perpetuity.

    To ensure that its research reaches a large audience, The Company of Biologists publishes fully Open Access journals as well as ensuring that all new articles from its subscription model journals are made freely available online six months after publication. These journals, as part of the commitment to maximising the free availability of articles online, also offer authors the option of making the full text version of their research article immediately accessible upon publication, through the company’s Open Access Policy."
  • ECS - Electrochemical Society
    Taken from the ECS website: "ECS was founded in 1902 as an international nonprofit, educational organization concerned with a broad range of phenomena relating to electrochemical and solid-state science and technology. The Electrochemical Society has more than 8,000 scientists and engineers in over 70 countries worldwide who hold individual membership, as well as roughly 100 corporations and laboratories that hold corporate membership. ECS’s objectives are: to advance the theory and practice of electrochemistry, solid-state science, and allied subjects; to encourage research and dissemination of knowledge in these fields; and to assure the availability of adequate training and education of fundamental and applied scientists and engineers in these fields."
  • Elsevier
    From the Elsevier website: “As the world’s leading provider of science and health information, Elsevier serves more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide. We partner with a global community of 7,000 journal editors, 70,000 editorial board members, 300,000 reviewers and 600,000 authors to help customers advance science and health by providing world-class information and innovative tools that help them make critical decisions, enhance productivity and improve outcomes.”
  • Hindawi Publishing Corporation
    From the Hindawi website: "Hindawi is a rapidly growing academic publisher with 578 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines."
  • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    From the IEEE website: “IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.”
  • MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
    From the MDPI website: “MDPI publishes over 70 diverse electronic, open access journals … Our publishing activities are supported by more than 4000 active scientists on our journals' international editorial boards including several Nobelists. More than 60,000 unique authors already published with MDPI, and 170,000 scholars are in the pool of reviewers. counts more than 2.4 million webpage views monthly.”
  • MRS - Materials Research Society
    From the MRS website: "The Materials Research Society (MRS) is an organization of materials researchers from academia, industry and government that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life."
  • NACE International - National Association of Corrosion Engineers
    From the NACE website: “NACE International, The Corrosion Society, serves nearly 30,000 members in 116 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. The organization offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, technical journals, government relations activities and more. NACE International is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in San Diego, California; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Shanghai, China.”
  • PLOS - Public Library of Science
    From the PLOS website: “Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher, membership, and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.”
  • RSC - Royal Society of Chemistry
    From the RSC website: “The RSC is the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. Supported by a worldwide network of members and an international publishing business, our activities span education, conferences, science policy and the promotion of chemistry to the public.”
  • Schweizerbart Publishers
    From Schweizerbart website: "Schweizerbart und Borntraeger are scholarly publishing houses. We publish books (print and electronic) and journals and series in the Earth and environmental sciences (geology, mineralogy, paleontology), biosciences (plant sciences, zoology, phycology), aquatic ecology and human biology."
  • SIAM - Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
    From the SIAm website: "The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an international community of over 13,000 individual members. Almost 500 academic, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government, and military organizations worldwide are institutional members.
    SIAM fosters the development of applied mathematical and computational methodologies needed in these various application areas. Applied mathematics in partnership with computational science is essential in solving many real-world problems. Through publications, research, and community, the mission of SIAM is to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology.
    SIAM was incorporated in 1952 as a nonprofit organization to convey useful mathematical knowledge to other professionals who could implement mathematical theory for practical, industrial, or scientific use."
  • Springer
    From the Springer website: “We develop, manage and disseminate knowledge – through books, journals and the Internet. We work with the world’s best academics and authors in long-standing loyal partnerships based on mutual trust and we are always open to new input. We aim to offer excellence – more than 150 Nobel prize-winners have published with Springer to the present date. Many of our publications are considered authoritative works in their field, read by academics and students, used by libraries and universities, academic professionals and practitioners in various branches of industry.”
  • USACM - Association for Computing Machinery US
    From the USACM website: “The U.S. Public Policy Council of ACM (USACM) is chartered as the focal point for ACM's interaction with U.S. government organizations, the computing community, and the U.S. public in all matters of U.S. public policy related to information technology.”
  • Wiley
    From the Wiley website: “Wiley's Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly (STMS) business, also known as Wiley-Blackwell, serves the world's research and scholarly communities, and is the largest publisher for professional and scholarly societies. Wiley-Blackwell's programs encompass journals, books, major reference works, databases, and laboratory manuals, offered in print and electronically.”
  • World Scientific
    From the World Scientific website: “World Scientific publishes about 500 new titles a year and 120 journals in various fields. Many of its books are recommended texts adopted by renowned institutions such as Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Princeton University.” Their mission is “To develop the highest quality knowledge-based products and services for the academic, scientific, professional, research and student communities worldwide.” (Also from the World Scientific website.)
  • TTP - Trans Tech Publications
    Taken from the TTP website: "The activities of Trans Tech Publications Inc. began back in 1967 when the first issue of the now famous "Diffusion Data" periodical was published. is now one of the largest and fastest growing web sites devoted entirely to the area of Materials Science and Engineering and related topics. The site features 14 periodicals, which offer over 300.000 new pages per year. In order to serve the world's science and engineering community better, Trans Tech Publications Inc. has established offices in Switzerland and the United States of America, and our products are available via numerous agents and distributors in all parts of the world. In all of the fields in which we are active, we pride ourselves on being well-accepted by our readers, authors and editors of conference proceedings alike.

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