Permission to use SEPM Materials


Permissions for Using SEPM Publications

Use of PDFs

Obtaining a PDF of an article
Subscribers to online access of SEPM publications may download PDFs of any article for their own personal use and research. Subscribers may also create printed copies of the PDFs, again, only for their own personal use and research.

Non-subscribers may use the Pay-Per-View facility to purchase access to the PDF. Once you have access, you will be able to download and save a copy (for your personal use only). You may also request an
e-print of an article from the author(s).

Corresponding authors of papers will have received an e-mail with instructions on how to download an e-print PDF. Contributing authors requiring access should contact the corresponding author. We do not provide free access to articles directly to other individuals.

Re-publishing material from SEPM copyright


Using material from SEPM publications

Extensive quotation (more than c. 100 words) and reproduction of previously published illustrations (even if redrawn) require permission from the copyright holder.

Material that can be used without permission

Authors may reuse their own material without permission subject to the exceptions listed below. They may include the whole article in a PhD or other thesis provided that it will not be published, and that the original source is fully acknowledged in a standard format. Authors may not republish their whole article, or a substantial part of it, without permission. Such permission will be granted depending on circumstances.

For non-commercial purposes, anyone may use up to three items (text extracts of 100 words or less, figures or tables) from SEPM published material without permission or charge provided that a proper acknowledgement of source is used with the item. If you require written permission, please contact the permissions editors listed in the section below.

The abstracts of articles can be reproduced without permission or fees provided that a full reference and a link to the article abstract page are included.

Please check that SEPM is the original copyright holder and that the material has not been taken from another source. In those cases, you must contact the original copyright holder.

If your article forms part of a multi-author book, the publisher must ensure that the total number of items from SEPM copyright does not exceed three (this does not apply to journal issues).
**Note:   Use of content from Concepts in Sedimentology and Paleontology No. 9, however, is prohibited from any use of separate content.  Only the whole book may be purchased and used.

Reusing material in another SEPM publication

You may use material from SEPM copyright in another SEPM publication without permission from SEPM subject to the exceptions listed below.

Uses where permission is required

For more than three items, please contact the appropriate Permissions Editor for that publication series to obtain permission.


SEPM has a strong policy against duplicate publication and does not allow republication of whole articles, or substantial parts of them, unless there are very exceptional circumstances.

You may not use more than 25% of any SEPM published article in a single publication and no publication should contain more than 25% in total from SEPM Copyright. This does not prevent the inclusion of whole articles in course packs and the like (which do not constitute republication).

You may not post a typeset PDF of a SEPM article on any website, repository or server (see author exceptions). 

Photocopying and digital copying

You may make limited hard copies of an article for your own research or educational purposes (not including course packs) if you have access rights to the material. You do not need to request permission to do this.

For more extensive copying or digital reproduction, you need to obtain a license from the Copyright Clearance Center: or from your local reproduction rights agency.

Lecture and presentations

You may include material from Society copyright in a visual presentation if you have access rights to the material and provided that you will not circulate digital or hard copies of your presentation for commerical purposes. You do not need to request permission to do this. If you wish to circulate copies of your presentation to students or others, please obtain ‘course-pack’ permission from the Copyright Clearance Center: or from your local reproduction rights agency.

Permission to use SEPM material

Permission, unless otherwise excepted here, to reprint material from the Society’s publications should be made to the Permissions Editors for the various publications.

·         Permission to use material from the Society’s website should be made to Howard Harper.

·         Permission to use material from The Sedimentary Record should be made to Howard Harper.

·         Permission to use material from The Journal of Sedimentary Research (or Journal of Sedimentary Petrology) should be made to Melissa Lester.

·         Permission to use material from PALAIOS and Journal of Paleontology (1927-1985) should be made to Kathleen Huber.

·         Permission to use material from SEPM book publications should be made to Michele Tomlinson.

Authors Use

Corresponding and contributing authors have transferred copyright (and all rights under it), or have granted full publishing rights in their work, to SEPM. In assigning copyright authors are not forfeiting their rights to use their contribution elsewhere, provided it does not directly detract from or undermine the Society's legitimate benefits under the rights granted to it. Please note that authors continue to enjoy the following rights:

1. Patent and trademark rights.

2. The right to be identified as the Author.

3. The right to share with colleagues ‘preprints’ (i.e. “Authors Original”, prior to peer review), provided that this is not done for commercial purposes, and to post preprints to publicly accessible websites.

4. In the case of journal articles, and prior to publication by the Society, the right to post a ‘postprint’ (i.e. “Accepted Version”, in the final form accepted by SEPM for publication) to authors’ personal web pages or to an institutional web site or repository maintained by the institution to which they are affiliated. Any such posted work must be accompanied by a notice: “Accepted for publication in [name of publication] as of [date]”.

5. The right to use the separate content or data or figures in authors’ research, and in courses that they are teaching or by others within an institution or company where the author is employed but not allow free public access to content.

6. The right to incorporate the content of the contribution in other works of which they are the author, including personal compilations and books of which they are the author.

In the case of 3 to 6 above, these rights are intended to help authors in their academic and professional work, and are subject to three conditions:

a. These rights may not be used for commercial purposes;
b. These rights should not be used in a way that involves duplicate publication that will compete with the Society’s own publications; and
c. Each use must contain an acknowledgement to the journal/book as the original source of publication in the form: 
“[Journal/Book] [Volume/Publication Year] [URL of the item as published by SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology] © SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology [Year].”

  • On publication within the SEPM online publications corresponding authors will receive an email and URL enabling access to free PDF e-print downloads. Accessed PDFs may be saved to the author’s hard drive or other personal electronic media and emailed or copied to colleagues or third parties (again, for legitimate purposes only). Details will be provided on publication.
  • Other than the use outlined above no Society publication may be captured or downloaded electronically into any format without the Society's specific written permission.
  • Permission must be sought for uses other than those defined above – please contact the appropriate Permissions Editor

  • IMPORTANT: Authors may not post the final PDF or any proof version of the paper to any institutional website, including free or open access repositories of any kind. The only exception is that an author may post the e-print PDF to their personal website for download as an e-print.






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