As a general rule, permission should be sought from the rights holder to reproduce any substantial part of a copyrighted work. This includes any text, illustrations, charts, tables, photographs, or other material from previously published sources. Obtaining permission to re-use content published by Elsevier is simple. Follow the guide below for a quick and easy route to permission.

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For further guidelines about obtaining permission, please review our Frequently Asked Questions below:

Obtaining permission to use content on ScienceDirect

If the content you wish to re-use is on ScienceDirect, you may request permission using the Copyright Clearance Center's  Rightslink® service. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Locate your desired content on ScienceDirect. Subscribers will be able to view all content and guest users can view open access content and abstracts for free simply by clicking on the article or chapter title.
  2. Determine if the content is open access or subscription access. If you are reading an Elsevier published article online, you need to look out for the "Open Access" orange label located under the article's title and author information. You will also be able to identify any relevant open access articles in your search results by looking for the same label. To find out how you can reuse an open access article, look underneath the title and click on the license hyperlink for exact details on the user license selected by the author. If your reuse is not covered by the user license, please proceed to the next step.
  3. Click on the 'Get rights and content' button located under the author details, adjacent to the DOI.
  4. The following page will then be launched (turn off your pop-up blocker):RightsLink pop up window
  5. Select the way you would like to reuse the content.
  6. Create an account if you have not done so already.
  7. Accept the terms and conditions.

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For questions about using the Rightslink service, please contact Customer Support via phone 877/622-5543 (toll free) or 978/777-9929, or email

Please note: When you create an account with Rightslink you will be asked to provide either your credit card information or an invoicing address. This does not necessarily mean that your request will be subject to a permissions fee; it is part of the registration process only. You can determine whether your request is subject to a fee by clicking on the "quick price" button after you have made your selection on how you wish to use the material.

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