Author Rights & Responsibilities
How authors can use their book content
Provided that Elsevier and the relevant work are appropriately identified, book authors (including contributors) published by Elsevier have wide rights to use their works for teaching and scholarly purposes without needing to seek permission.
Table of Authors' Rights
|Use excerpts* or a summary in preparing articles for publication in scholarly or professional journals||Yes|
|Use excerpts or a summary in contributions to symposia||Yes|
|Use excerpts or a summary in a single chapter in a book||Yes except for contributors|
|Use excerpts or a summary in the Author's classroom lectures and training (and may make copies of excerpts of of the work (or their contribution to the work in the case of contributors) for this purpose)||Yes|
|Use excerpts or a summary for presentations or lectures at professional meetings||Yes|
|Post a summary of the Work online, on their own personal website and/or their institution's website||Yes|
*Excerpts should not exceed ten percent (10%) of the work or, in the case of contributors, the contribution to the work.
These author rights relate to textual book content (including the author's updates to that content) created by the author but not to ancillary material (such as test questions) or videos, images and other audiovisual material that have been created or commissioned by Elsevier.
For other uses, authors should seek permission from Elsevier.
Am I restricted from using the ideas or facts contained in my work?
It is fundamental to copyright law that copyright protects only the particular form of expression of a work, and not the ideas or the facts contained in that work. For example, a fact that could be gleaned from a scientific work might be that a particular chemical compound has a particular quality at a particular temperature, which fact was observed during an experiment reported and described in the work. Under copyright law, that particular fact does not "belong" to the author (and ownership is not transferred to the publisher under the publishing agreement), only the specific way that the article was written to describe the experiment and the results. The author is always free (as is anyone else) to include this particular fact in any future work.
When Elsevier changes its author usage policies, are those changes also retroactive?
Yes, when Elsevier changes its policies to enable greater academic use of book content or to clarify the rights retained by book authors, editors and contributors, Elsevier extends those rights retroactively with respect to books published prior to the policy change.
Who should I contact if I have a query about my book publishing agreement?
For any questions relating to the rights outlined here, authors and editors should contact their editorial contact at Elsevier in the first instance or Elsevier's Global Rights department at GRDContracts@elsevier.com
Please note that the rights listed above apply to book authors, editors and contributors only. Read more information regarding journal author rights.
Who should I contact if I suspect that my book content is being infringed by a third party?
Elsevier is committed to its authors to protect and defend their work and their reputation, and we take allegations of infringement very seriously. If an author becomes aware of a possible infringement, he/she should document the circumstances of the infringement as far as possible and get in touch with his/her publishing contact at Elsevier who can then liaise with our in-house legal department.
As an author, you may wish to use references you have found in other publications. Conversely, you may be seeking information on using an Elsevier-published work as a reference.
To obtain permission to include material from other sources in your work being published by Elsevier, or to obtain permission to re-use material from Elsevier books, journals, databases, or other products please visit: https://www.elsevier.com/about/company-information/policies/copyright/permissions
If you are an Elsevier author and are contacted by a requester who wishes to re-use all or part of your article or chapter, please also refer them to our Obtaining Permission to Re-Use Elsevier Material page.