Obtaining Permissions

The responsibility for obtaining permission to reproduce previously copyrighted material resides with the author. Contact your SIAM book editor if you are unsure whether specific material requires permission.

In general, you must obtain permission for materials published in the same form and copyrighted elsewhere. What needs permission?

If you have created such material and want to re-use it, you will have to seek the permission of the rights holder, whether that is a publisher or another organization or individual. Adaptations of such materials may also require permission, as may reproductions of certain unpublished works. (Note that a work does not need to be published to be protected by copyright.) Theorems and equations are generally not subject to copyright, but attribution is situational.

Materials published under the Open Access model likely do not require permission but do require standard attribution. Details about OA permission guidelines are at Creative Commons. Materials in the public domain require attribution but not permission.

You must obtain all permissions prior to submitting your manuscript, and you must include copies of all permissions letters with your submission. To obtain permission to use a previously published item, write a letter to the copyright holder, usually the publisher, with complete information about the book you are writing and how the material will be used. A permissions request form is provided for your convenience. If you have any questions about these items, please discuss them with your acquisitions editor.

RightsLink at Copyright Clearance Center can ease the process for materials published by participating publishers (among them Wiley, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Springer, Taylor & Francis, and others). You can find more information here.

In most cases permission is granted, but it may take 6 to 8 weeks to hear from the publisher, so you should send your permission requests as early as possible. Some publishers may require exact credit lines, so be sure to follow their instructions word for word.

You should also be aware that publishers may charge a fee in exchange for allowing you to use their materials. Often, that fee can be reduced or eliminated if you notify the copyright holder of SIAM's not-for-profit status.

Full details can be found here.

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