Wolters Kluwer Health Permissions

Wolters Kluwer Health works in partnership with the Copyright Clearance Center to meet your licensing needs with the RightsLink® Service. The Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink® service is a fast and easy way to secure permission for content from Wolters Kluwer Health titles:

For further guidelines about obtaining permission see our frequently asked questions below:

Why do I need to request permission?

Before anyone can legally sell, publish or distribute a copyrighted work, they must obtain the permission of the copyright owner irrespective of the works publication status. This rule applies to using extracts or samples from their own work.

It is the responsibility of an individual or organisation to ensure that copyright is respected when held by others and that permission to reuse work is obtained prior to use.

Permission is needed to publish any figure, abstract, portion of text or table that has been previously published.

What is RightsLink® and how to use it

Copyright Clearance Center partners with leading application and service providers in the academic and corporate markets, and with publishers across multiple disciplines, to provide users with simple-to-use rights licensing tools.

Rightslink® is found in the Journal’s website on journals.lww.com or on Ovid

After navigating to the article on the journal’s website, find "Request Permission" located on the right of the page under Article Tools. For further information click here.

  • Click on the 'Request Permission' link on the content you wish to reproduce
  • Follow the online instructions and select your requirements from the drop down options to gain a 'quick quote'
  • Create a RightsLink® account to complete and pay for your transaction (if you do not already have one)
  • Read and accept our Terms & Conditions and Download your license
For questions about using the Rightslink® service, please contact Customer Support via phone 877/622-5543 (toll free from the US) or (US phone code) 978/777-9929, or email: customercare@copyright.com.

Who holds the copyright?

For most STM publishers, when articles are submitted for publication the copyright is assigned to the journal by the author as part of the standard acceptance procedure. This means that in most cases the publisher of the original article will hold (or manage on behalf of the society that they represent) the copyright for the content you wish to reuse. Please always check the copyright statement at the bottom of the article or below the table/image in question.

It is a general policy of Wolters Kluwer Health not to allow posting of full-text articles on websites. You can cite the article on the website and add the original link so that only subscribers can view the full-text.

What are the STM Guidelines?

The STM Permissions Guidelines are a set of agreements between STM publishers (Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers). Not all STM publishers are signed up to this Agreement, so please always check the Permissions Guidelines, last updated December 2014. The Guidelines encourage the granting of permission by one STM signatory publisher to another to reuse limited amounts of material from published works in subsequent publications. The purpose of the use is scholarly comment and non-commercial research or educational use. Permission will be granted by one signatory publisher to another free of charge for the use of: A maximum of three figures (including 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;
  • not more than three figures from works published by a single publisher for an article;
  • not more than three figures from works published by a single publisher for a book chapter; and
  • in total, not more than thirty figures from a single publisher for republication in a book, including a multi-volume book.
  • 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.
Permission automatically includes reuse for electronic versions of the work as well as for subsequent editions and translations, except as outlined on the STM website. When granting permissions, STM publishers will not request a complimentary copy of the new work except in limited circumstances. For further information please visit the STM website or query the Permissions Helpdesk. These guidelines only apply if the original publisher of the material you wish to reuse is an STM signatory.

Please see above for the disclaimer to use in translations

If you are requesting to reuse material in a dissertation or thesis:

When requesting permission to reuse a full article in a thesis or dissertation, the following applies:

  • Modifications can’t be made
  • There is an embargo period from the publication date of the article in the journal in its electronic format. Please refer to the Copyright Transfer Agreement of the Journal for more information

If you are an academic/noncommercial institution

Use Rightslink®

For reuse in a course pack

If your organisation has an institutional subscription on Ovid to the content that you want to reuse, you don’t need permission. If unsure, please use Rightslink®.

If you are a pharmaceutical company/for profit/medical communication agency

Use Rightslink®

If you are a medical communications agency please use 'Pharmaceutica' in the "Requestor Type" field in RightsLink®

Author’s Permission Requests

Authors that have published articles in LWW journals do not have to request permission for certain content through Rightslink® providing their request fulfils the conditions detailed in the Author's Permission document. For further information please also refer to your Copyright Transfer Agreement that you have signed at the time of submission.

For purchasing Author’s Reprints please email.

Reuse for people with a disability/visually impaired

Wolters Kluwer Health will provide files in .pdf format for a student with a disability. Requests for these files must come from the institution’s Assistive Services department or from someone else on the staff who is responsible for the task. Please note that files are sent to that person, who is then responsible for delivering the files to the student.

Please click on the link below to be taken to the form for such requests, complete all the required fields, and provide the 13-digit ISBN. We will contact you if additional information is required.

Due to extremely high demand for these files, we ask that you order as far in advance as possible.

Click here for the Wolters Kluwer Health Books Disability Request form.

Images, Figures and tables

It is Wolters Kluwer Health’s policy not to allow any modifications of text in the image/figure; only colour or size can be altered.

Sometimes the copyright of an image is held by an author. If Wolters Kluwer Health or the Society which they are representing does not hold the copyright of the image/figure, this is clearly indicated below the image/figure.


The publisher does not always own reproduction rights to photographs or illustrations; rather, such rights may have been retained by the illustrator or photographer. It is vitally important to establish who the copyright owner is before submitting an article which includes photographs. Please use Rightslink® if Wolters Kluwer Health or the Society is the copyright owner of the image or photograph.

Requirement of consent
Reuse of patient images requires the patient’s consent if the face or certain physical features are distinguishable however, a photo which has incidental inclusion of a person/ people, permission is not required.

Check the references to obtain the exact citation

If you are creating a figure or table using data from another publication:
Permission may not be needed if the figure or table is new work using data from a previous publication. You should still ensure that the original data source or sources are clearly acknowledged in your published work.

Please note the following:
If a figure or table is published and the original copyright holder is retaining the copyright, the following statement needs to appear in the figure/table legend. "Copyright Prof Paul Smith [name of copyright holder], University Hospital Miami [location of copyright holder]. All permission requests for this image should be made to the copyright holder."


For buying bulk digital Reprints or photocopies of over 100 please contact healthpermissions@wolterskluwer.com
If you only want to read an article and you don’t have a subscription, you can purchase this article in pay-per-view:

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For any articles which are not online please contact the Wolters Kluwer Health permissions team healthpermissions@wolterskluwer.com


Please add the original citation of the content and please use this disclaimer when you translate the content:

"Wolters Kluwer Health and its affiliates take no responsibility for the accuracy of any translation from the published English original and are not liable for any errors which may occur."

Open Access Content

Below is a quick reference guide of the permitted reuse of your article. No need to use Rightslink®

Please note that a republication in another Journal/Magazine/Book is a commercial request

For further information about the Creative Common Licenses please visit

For more information about Open Access please see this document

We require that all authors always include a full acknowledgement. Example: AIDS: 13 November 2013 - Volume 27 - Issue 17 - p 2679-2689. Wolters Kluwer Health©

Please contact healthpermissions@wolterskluwer.com if you have any questions

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