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Rights & Permissions

Copyright Clearance Center & RightsLink
Requests to Link to CHEST Publications
Open Access Articles
International Edition Sponsorship


Copyright Clearance Center & RightsLink

Permission is required to reproduce any figure, table, portions of content, complete articles, or other material published by the American College of Chest Physicians.

For information on full article reproductions options, including translations, see Reprints & e-Prints.

Most rights can be administered automatically through Copyright Clearance Center and the RightsLink suite, which is fully integrated with the site and makes it easy to secure permissions to reuse American College of Chest Physicians content. To use:

  1. Locate the article or chapter within CHEST Publications that you wish to reuse.
  2. From the full text or abstract/extract view, click the “Get Permissions” link from the toolbox on the right.
  3. Once the RightsLink page loads, enter the information related to the type of use you are requesting and step through the process to receive a quote.
  4. Proceed through the order process by logging into or creating your free RightsLink account and submitting your order.
  5. On order submission, you will receive notification that either your license has been granted or that your request has been forwarded to the organization for approval and pricing. Certain kinds of requests may also be deemed more appropriate for our reprints partner, the Walchli Tauber Group. For orders that require review, you will receive a response within 7 business days.

Users of the CHEST app will also be able to access RightsLink and purchase a license directly through the article page within the app. Download the CHEST app now from the iTunes store.


Requests to Link to CHEST Publications

Linking to the CHEST Publications website from external sites whose aim is to provide educational or reference information is acceptable, according to the guidelines that follow. Links should take a user directly to the web page of the piece of content referenced (ie, the specific article or book chapter), with the text of the link displaying the article title or a reference to the publication itself (ie, CHEST or book). Do not link directly to a PDF page, as not all users will have rights to access the PDF. By linking to the web page related to the article, it ensures a user will see a preview of the content at minimum.

The link text displayed and the text around it should not suggest an endorsement or any kind of association between the website and the CHEST Publications content but should indicate that the content is from the American College of Chest Physicians. The link should also not be construed as part of an advertisement. The use of any American College of Chest Physicians or CHEST Publications logos without the prior written permission of the organization is not allowed.

Please also note that the copying and/or inclusion and display of any CHEST Publications content on an external website is not allowed. All material, even that which is free and publicly available is copyrighted by the American College of Chest Physicians.

For further clarification, feel free to contact the ACCP.


Open Access Articles

Select articles that appear in CHEST are published under an author-paid open access option. When an article is published by CHEST as open access, it is deposited in PubMed Central for immediate release and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License 3.0. This license permits unrestricted use for noncommercial purposes, provided the original publication is properly cited. Permission to reuse the content for commercial purposes can be sought through RightsLink.

Please note that free or publicly available content is not automatically open access. Articles that are published as open access will be denoted with an open access label and will also reference the Creative Commons License in the copyright line.

If you have a question about whether something is open access, feel free to contact the American College of Chest Physicians.


International Edition Sponsorship

Through partnerships with local publishers, CHEST publishes several international editions. These editions comprise a subset of material, often in translated form, from the regular issue selected by the edition’s local Editor in Chief and Editorial Board. Most editions publish quarterly or bimonthly and are distributed to local physicians. If you are interested in partnering with the American College of Chest Physicians to sponsor an international edition of CHEST, please contact the American College of Chest Physicians.