SAGE is a member of the International Association of STM publishers, and is a signatory to the STM Permissions Guidelines. This allows SAGE authors to use, in a limited capacity, other signatories' content within their SAGE publication.  If the material is from a work published by an STM signatory, and the amount of material used is within the guidelines, subject to any limitations stated for the publisher on the list of signatories, the material may be used without permission from the rightsholder, at no charge. 

Please be sure to review all third-party content used to determine if any content owned by STM signatories qualifies per the guidelines before requesting permission.

You can find the Permissions Guidelines and a list of publisher signatories here:

STM Guidelines

The STM Guidelines allow the following uses, without permission from the copyright holder:

Figures/Tables for use within a journal or book:

  • Use up to three figures/tables from a journal article or book chapter, but:
    • not more than five figures from a whole book or journal issue/edition;
    • not more than six figures from an annual journal volume; and
    • not more than three figures from works published by a single publisher for an article or book chapter, and
    • not more than thirty figures in total from a single publisher for re-publication in a book, including a multi-volume book with different authors per chapter

Text Quotes for use in a journal or book:

  • use single text extracts of less than 400 words from a journal article or book chapter, but:
    • not more than a total of 800 words from a whole book or journal issue/edition
Material used within these guidelines does not require permission (though notification may be required - see below). If the amount of content exceeds the amount allowed per the guidelines, be sure to request permission for all material in excess of the permitted amount.

Determine If Notification Is Required

Although use of content within the guidelines will be granted at no cost, some STM Signatories require notification. Check the list of signatories ( to determine if notification is required. 

If notification is required, follow the instructions provided to see if the signatory uses RightsLink® or the CCC's Republication Service® to process permission requests.  Alternatively, you may use the Notification of Use Under STM Guidelines form to fulfill the requirement.  Please include a copy of any submitted notifications in the permissions file that you provide to your Editorial team as well as note the log with details of notification.


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