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ACSESS journals and books use the RightsLink service to request permission to reuse all or part of a published article. Visit the article page in the appropriate journal and clicking on the “Request Permissions” link in the left column of the page.

Note that Rightslink cannot be used for repository requests.

Before you seek permission from Rightslink, check the following:

If all of the authors on the article/chapter worked for the US Government when their contributions were made to the work. If so, the credit wording would read “Not subject to U.S. Copyright,” which means the ASA, CSSA, SSSA journal article/book chapter is in the Public Domain in the United States and permission is not needed to use material from that work unless credit is given to another source in the figure/table captions.

If all of the authors on the article/chapter worked for the Australian, Canadian, or United Kingdom governments when their contributions were made. The credit wording would read “Published [YEAR] American Society of Agronomy [Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America].” To obtain permission, authors should contact the corresponding author of the journal article or book chapter.


ASA, CSSA, and SSSA do not grant permission for posting of their journals articles or book chapters on Websites or online publications.

If you have a subscription to the journal, you may download a copy of your article for personal use. If you plan to distribute the article, you may purchase reprints by using the reprint order form.


Authors wishing to include published Journal material in their thesis/dissertation should request permission using Copyright.com. They will need to properly cite the Journal article in any versions of the thesis/dissertation made publicly available. The final, published Journal article should never be made publicly available unless it is open access. However, the accepted version of the article, in Word format, may be used in theses/dissertations that are posted in university repositories, etc.

Open Access and Archive Deposit Policy

Authors may make their articles open access for a fee. Open access articles may be posted on an author’s personal Website, institutional repositories, and article sharing sites.

All open access articles published by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA are distributed under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). This license permits noncommercial copying and redistribution of articles with proper attribution, and prohibits distribution of derivative content. Authors may also choose to publish under the CC BY license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). This license permits users to share and adapt articles, with proper attribution.

Authors may post a PDF version of their accepted papers after peer review on their own personal sites, and/or their employer’s sites. The doi link must appear on the PDF. Authors choosing the open access option may post the final published version of their papers anywhere, with no restrictions.


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