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 forpublication in scholarly or professional journalsYes
Use excerpts or a summary in contributions to symposiaYes
Use excerpts or a summary in a single chapter in abookYes except for contributors
Use excerpts or a summary in the Author's classroomlectures and training (and may make copies of excerpts of of the work (or theircontribution to the work in the case of contributors) for this purpose)Yes
Use excerpts or a summary for presentations orlectures at professional meetingsYes
Post a summary of the Work online, on their ownpersonal website and/or their institution's websiteYes

*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

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.

Author Responsibilities

The publication of a book is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of work of the author and it is therefore important to set out our expected standards of ethical behavior.

Instructions to Authors

If there are specific Instructions to Authors for the individual book project, authors should review those Instructions for any additional requirements to those set out here.

Originality and plagiarism

The author should ensure that he/she has written entirely original work.  While authors are responsible for ensuring that they have not plagiarized the work of others, editors also need to be alert when reviewing contributors' work to help ensure that all contributions to a work are original and that there is proper acknowledgement of sources (as described below).

Plagiarism takes many forms, from 'passing off' another's work as the author's own work, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's work (without attribution). Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgment of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others should always be given, including where authors are updating works that were originally created by another author. Authors should cite publications and researchers that have been influential in determining the nature of the work and setting the area of research in context. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, may not be used or reported without explicit written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as grant applications, may not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in those services.

It is critical that sources used are authoritative and it is therefore not generally acceptable to use material from websites that may be freely edited by users without editorial control.

Authors should note that most material on the Internet is protected by copyright whether or not a copyright notice is displayed.  Where material posted on a website is original to the website, permission should be obtained directly from that website owner.  Permission to use other third party-owned material should be obtained from the relevant rightsholder.

Use of patient images or case details

Appropriate consents, permissions and releases must be obtained where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other individuals in an Elsevier publication. Written consents must be retained by the author and copies of the consents or evidence that such consents have been obtained should be provided to Elsevier only on request.

Particular care should be taken with obtaining consent where children are concerned (in particular where a child has special needs or learning disabilities), where an individual's head or face appears, or where reference is made to an individual's name or other personal details.

For more information, please review Elsevier's Patient Consent Policy.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

The author should ensure that all of his/her dealings with Elsevier comply with all applicable conflict of interest and outside compensation laws and regulations as well as policies and rules of his/her employer or institution (if applicable).

Errors or legal issues in published works

When an author discovers a significant error, inaccuracy or legal issue (for example, potentially defamatory content) in his/her own published work, the author should promptly notify the publisher and cooperate with the publisher to take corrective action determined by the publisher in the light of the severity of the error. If the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, inaccuracy or legal issue, the author should cooperate fully with the publisher, including if necessary taking corrective action or providing evidence to the publisher of the correctness of the original work.


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 our Permissions page.

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.

Questions about obtaining permission? Contact the Permissions Helpdesk at or (+1) 800-523-4069 ext 3808 or your editorial contact at Elsevier.