Reusing images from copyrighted journal articles Part 3: RSC Journals

[Update. Hat tip to @Canageek for noting that the reproduction rights for the RSCs Open Access journal, Chemical Science, points to a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-NC 3.0)]

Part 1 of this series dealt with obtaining permissions from ACS Publications to reuse graphics in things like conference posters and websites.  Part 2 extended this to journals from Elsevier/ScienceDirect. Today I’d like to give a very brief of what I’ve found so far with RSC journals. I’ve randomly chosen 3 papers from 3 journals, Chemical Communications, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, and Chemical Society Reviews, and once again ask for a base case scenario of using 1 graphic from a paper on a website and in a presentation, as an academic user. I have not investigated pricing for any other class of user.

The first thing to say is that RSC uses the same RightsLink website as ACS and Elsevier so I won’t be posting as many screenshots as yesterday as it should be familiar to you by now. Suffice it say that you just have to follow the “Request Permissions” link right at the top of the web page for the relevant article. Also this time I’ve stuck with requesting reuse permissions as a non-author.

Non-authors can use up to 3 figures free in a presentation

Non-authors can use up to 3 figures free in a presentation

For all three articles chosen (the first ones listed on the journal home page when I visited), the outcome was the same. Free use of up to 3 images/figures with attribution whether for a web page or a presentation. Where RSC differs importantly from the other two publishers is that it requests a time limit on blog posts. Ie the implication is that you have to take it down when your license expires. The maximum “posting duration” is 7-12 months. I’m not sure how bloggers will feel about this. I’ve certainly never removed an old post of mine. The other main point with the RSC and reuse on websites is that you don’t get the license instantly, unlike for use in a presentation, you have to await a confirmation by email after the RSC reviews your request. I should point out that I did not click on the “Continue” button here as I have no intention of using any of the images any time soon. If I were a more thorough blogger I would of course do it so that you could get some idea of the turnaround time. Maybe I shall one day.

Use on a website requires an additional step of review by the RSC

Use on a website requires an additional step of review by the RSC

Quick and hasty conclusion: Society run publishers like ACS and RSC generally give you as a non-author a better deal than commercial publishers. Next stop: Wiley

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