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So, I've seen a really nice figure in a paper; what's the best way to 'get a copy'?

Will it be on the publisher's website? Do I need to draw my own version? Email the author?

And, finally, how does the answer vary for (a) those wishing to republish the figure in their own work, (b) those not wishing to publish the figure e.g. for student coursework.

1 Answer 1

The prestigious American Institute of Physics (AIP) has a FAQ page that is golden:


Answered questions include:

  • When do I need permission to reuse material
  • Must permission be in writing?
  • How do I obtain permissions?
  • What is a credit line and where does it go?
  • What do I do with the permissions once I receive them?

Continuing with aeismail comment under ElCid's answer,

I edited this because different publishers have different guidelines. In some cases, you can say "Reprinted from Ref. XX with permission," and the longer copyright notice isn't required. – aeismail

The AIP states the following:

[...] The original publisher will provide you with their preferred wording for the credit line (in most cases). A credit line consisting only of “Used with permission” is not sufficient. An example of a typical complete credit line appears as:

Reproduced with permission from J. Org. Chem. 63, 99 (1998). Copyright 1998 American Chemical Society.

Note that even when reusing material in the public domain (for which obtaining permission does not apply), you must include an appropriate credit line, which states the original source. An example of an appropriate credit line for material in the public domain follows:

Reprinted from A. H. Harvey and J. C. Bellows, Evaluation and Correlation of Steam Solubility Data for Salts and Minerals of Interest in the Power Industry, NIST Technical Note 1387 (U.S. GPO, Washington, DC, 1997).