Permissions and policies
RSNA provides authors and others in the profession the opportunity to share the important radiology studies, education and content published in our journals and on our website. To do so, they must receive the required permissions and use the proper citations.
Requests for permission to reuse figures, abstracts and other content from our journals can be made through RightsLink via the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).
Find answers to commonly asked questions about content permissions, policies and rights below. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If an article is marked with the “Free” icon, do I need permission to reuse the image(s), table(s) or text within the article?
Yes. “Free" access indicates that the article is freely available for anyone to read, even those without an RSNA Membership or RSNA Journal subscription. However, all are still required to obtain formal permission from RSNA to reuse any content by completing the RightsLink form.
If an article is marked with the “Open” icon, do I need permission to reuse the image(s), table(s) or text within the article?
No. “Open" access indicates that the article was published under the CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND license and content can be re-used by the public without obtaining formal permission from RSNA. To identify the license that the article was published under, scroll to the bottom of an abstract and view the license type under the “Conclusion” section, which will state: “Published under a...license.”
What types of content can be reused?
With official permission, article figures, tables, abstracts, supplemental materials and other partial content can be reused. Use of full-text articles is strictly prohibited. To request full-text article ePrints or reprints, please contact email@example.com.
How do I obtain permission to use RSNA content?
- Locate content: Locate the content you want to use on RSNA.org, Radiology, RadioGraphics, Radiology: Artificial Intelligence, Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging, Radiology: Imaging Cancer or RSNA News.
What is an image license?
All authors of articles published in 2012 and beyond will automatically be issued a license for use of their images at the time they transfer copyright ownership of their article to RSNA. For more information, see intellectual property policy.
How should I cite RSNA content that I have received permission to use?
RSNA content should be cited using an official citation style (MLA, APA, etc.). Please acknowledge as follows: Reproduced, with permission, from [author name(s), article name, publication name, year of publication, volume, and page number.] Proper acknowledgment should be given at each place where content is reused.
What do the different format types mean?
RSNA content may be reproduced in one or all of three formats: print, electronic, and/or web.
- Print: thesis, book, journal, etc.
- Electronic: CD-ROM/DVD, email, presentation, electronic book or journal, etc.
- Web: website or intranet
To how many people may I distribute RSNA content?
Indicate the circulation or number of recipients who will receive your work in the RightsLink permission request form. RSNA will then provide a quote based on the circulation requested.
Who may use RSNA content?
RSNA provides the opportunity for all types of individuals and organizations to obtain permission for content use. In your request, it is necessary to include who you are and/or the type of organization you represent.
May I obtain permission to translate RSNA content into other languages?
Permission for translation rights to RSNA content is taken under careful consideration. Please send a detailed request including language, distribution and editorial details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intellectual property policy for RSNA article authors
For works published January 2012 and beyond: All authors of Radiology and RadioGraphics articles published in 2012 and beyond, and authors of all Radiology: Artificial Intelligence, Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging, and Radiology: Imaging Cancer articles, will automatically be issued a license for use of their images at the time they transfer copyright ownership of their article to RSNA. Please note, the license allows the original RSNA author use of their images (artwork, radiologic images and related captions), along with charts, graphs and tables, and does not allow authors the ability to reuse any text and/or software from their article(s) without expressed, written permission from RSNA (email@example.com).
For works published from April 2003 to December 2011: RSNA authors whose manuscripts have been published in Radiology and/or RadioGraphics from April 2003-December 2011 have received a license for use of their images from RSNA. This license extends for the full term of the copyright and allows authors to use and sublicense their images (artwork, figures, charts, etc.) to others without requesting permission from RSNA. The license does not allow reuse of any text and/or software from their article(s) without expressed, written permission from RSNA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For works published before April 2003: RSNA authors of articles published before 2003 may reuse and sublicense their images (artwork, figures, charts, etc.) to others without requesting permission from RSNA. The license does not allow reuse of any text and/or software from their article(s) without expressed, written permission from RSNA (email@example.com).
RSNA journal article deposits to PubMed Central
In January 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) revised its policy on public access to publications resulting from NIH-funded research. The original public access policy was voluntary for authors. As of April 8, 2008, it is mandatory. The law that made it mandatory states:
The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, that the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.
More information about the law and the NIH policy is available at grants.nih.gov.
The new policy means that authors whose research is funded by NIH are required to submit their papers to the federal online archive PubMed Central. The version that must be submitted is the manuscript after peer review, revision and final acceptance for publication.
RSNA will assist authors in complying with this NIH requirement. RSNA believes it is in the interest of science and scientific communication that the journal publish and PubMed Central contain the exact same version of an article. This will help prevent confusion and inaccurate information in the scientific record.
Therefore, on behalf of authors, RSNA will submit the final, published version following RSNA copy editing and production processing. In compliance with the NIH public access policy, RSNA will make the submitted articles open to the public 12 months after the date of publication.
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