APA Revises Print and Electronic Re-Use Policies

Jul 29, 2005

The American Psychological Association (APA) has revised its policy on re-use of content from its scholarly journals and books in an attempt to facilitate wider dissemination of scientific information while maintaining its historical commitment to author rights. The policy provides a new level of automatic permission for re-use of a limited number of figures and tables as well as text extracts.

Authors and publishers now have automatic permission to re-use the following in a published book or journal: a maximum of three figures or tables from an APA journal article or book chapter; up to five figures or tables from a whole book; single text extracts of less than 400 words; series of text extracts that total less than 800 words. Use of any other material (for example, scales and full text) still requires APA permission as detailed in the full policy. The policy follows closely the permissions guidelines adopted by the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM). APA's requirement in all cases for separate, direct permission from authors is the major difference between the APA and STM policies.