You must receive permission to reuse previously published articles even when you are the author.
There are different options for obtaining permission. General steps for obtaining usage permission are outlined below, but we recommend you contact a Research & Learning Librarian. Schedule an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 913-945-5990, or use the scheduling calendar.
Begin this process early, before you have completed writing. You know if you are using previously published articles and it may take time to get permission.
RightsLink is a service through the Copyright Clearance Center. Most scholarly publishers use to automate the permissions requesting process for journal articles and figures through RightsLink.
Go to the journal article's web page and look for a link with a label similar to:
Permissions, Get Rights and Content, Tools, the Copyright symbol,, etc., and select it.
Complete the template at the Copyright Clearance Center RightsLink page, for example ( see screenshot below):
Click Quick Price - Take a screen shot of this page. If you receive a permission statement with no charge, you are finished. If not, follow the publisher directions to complete the process. The publisher may require you to apply for a license even though it is a free license. You may be need to contact the publisher directly, which may take some time. Follow all directions and keep copies of the process to document the permissions you receive.
The above is just an example of the steps. Each article is unique and some publishers have specific requirements. Your article may not follow the above process.
Always contact a Research & Learning Librarian to ensure you have proper permission and documentation to use the article.