Permissions and policies

We provide authors and others in the profession the opportunity to share the important radiology studies, education and content published in our journals and on our website. To do so, they must receive the required permissions and use the proper citations.

Complete the permission request form to ask for permission to reuse figures, abstracts or full text from our journals and publications.

Find answers to commonly asked questions about content permissions, policies and rights below or contact us at if you need more information.


If an article is marked with the “Free Access” icon, do I need permission to reuse the image(s)/table(s)/text within the article?

Yes. “Free Access” indicates that the article is freely available for anyone to read, even those without an RSNA Membership or RSNA Journal subscription. However, all are still required to obtain formal permission from RSNA to reuse any content, including images, tables and/or text, by filling out the RSNA Rights form.

How do I obtain permission to use RSNA content?

  • Locate content: Locate the content you want to use on, Radiology, RadioGraphicsRadiology: Artificial IntelligenceRadiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging, Radiology: Imaging Cancer or RSNA News. 
  • Request permissions: Fill out the RSNA permission request form, including all mandatory fields indicated in bold, then click "Submit" to send a request directly to RSNA for review.
  • Order confirmation: After you submit your request, you will receive an automatic response email from RSNA indicating that your request is being processed.
  • Invoice sent: If a fee is associated with your request, you will receive an invoice indicating the amount you owe. If your request is free of charge, you will not receive an invoice. You must pay the invoice amount in full before you can be granted an RSNA letter of permission.
  • Response time: Unless a rush has been requested, you will receive a letter indicating permission has been either granted or denied, within 5 to 10 business days. If permission is granted, a letter will be sent to you indicating the correct citation(s) as well as the terms and conditions of your request. If we determine RSNA does not own copyright to the content you have asked to use, you will receive a letter indicating that RSNA cannot grant permission and provide contact information for the copyright owner. Your credit card will not be charged in the event RSNA does not own copyright to requested content.

What is an image license?
All corresponding authors of articles published in 2012 and beyond will automatically be issued a license for use of their images at the time they transfer copyright ownership of their article to RSNA. For more information, see intellectual property policy.

How should I cite RSNA content that I have received permission to use?
RSNA content should be cited as noted on the permissions letter you receive. Please acknowledge as follows: Reproduced, with permission, from [author name(s), article name, publication name, year of publication, volume, and page number.] Proper acknowledgment should be given at each place where content is reused.

How can I pay the permission fee?
Fees associated with certain types of use may be paid by credit card in U.S. dollars only. Further payment details will be also be included on the invoice.

What do the different format types mean?
RSNA content may be reproduced in one or all of three formats: print, electronic, and/or web. Content may be used only in the format(s) specified in the final RSNA permissions letter.

  • Print: thesis, book, magazine, etc.
  • Electronic: CD-ROM/DVD, email, or presentation, etc.
  • Web: website or intranet

To how many people may I distribute RSNA content?
There are three circulation distribution ranges:

  • 1 to 10,000
  • 10,001 to 25,000
  • 25,001 and more

Indicate the circulation or number of recipients who will receive your work in the estimated circulation section on the permissions request form. Please note that delivering a publication in both print and electronic formats to the same recipient is a circulation number of one. Sending a publication in print to one recipient and electronically to another is a circulation of two.

Who may use RSNA content?
RSNA provides the opportunity for all types of individuals and organizations to obtain permission for content use. In your request, it is necessary to include who you are and/or the type of organization you represent.

  • Author: There is no fee associated with author requests to reproduce their own material for noncommercial purposes.
  • Non-author/nonprofit organization: This type is for those requesting permission from a nonprofit organization such as a university, hospital or non-profit publisher.
  • Commercial: This type is for those requesting from a commercial entity such as a for-profit publisher, corporation or pharmaceutical company.

How may I use RSNA content?
You may select a type of use, i.e. website, book, classroom material, etc., that describes what you will do with the requested content. If you do not see an option that reflects your intended use, please contact

Will taxes apply to my permissions request?
No, RSNA does not apply taxes on permissions fees.

May I obtain permission to translate RSNA content into other languages?
Permission for translation rights to RSNA content is taken under careful consideration. Please send a detailed request including language, distribution and editorial details to


Intellectual property policy for RSNA article authors

For works published January 2012 and beyond: RSNA has revised its intellectual property policy for RSNA authors beginning with the January 2012 issues of the journals, Radiology and RadioGraphics. All corresponding authors of Radiology and RadioGraphics articles published in 2012 and beyond, and authors of all Radiology: Artificial Intelligence, Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging, and Radiology: Imaging Cancer articles, will automatically be issued a license for use of their images at the time they transfer copyright ownership of their article to RSNA. Please note, the license allows the original RSNA author use of their images (artwork, radiologic images and related captions), along with charts, graphs and tables, and does not allow authors the ability to reuse any text and/or software from their article(s) without expressed, written permission from RSNA (

For works published from April 2003 to December 2011: RSNA authors whose manuscripts have been published in Radiology and/or RadioGraphics from April 2003-December 2011 have received a license for use of their images from RSNA. This license extends for the full term of the copyright and allows authors to use and sublicense their images to others without requesting permission from RSNA. In order for this license to be effective, it must have been signed and returned to RSNA. If the license was not signed and returned, you must request permission to reuse content from your article through RSNA. If authors sublicense their images to commercial parties, they are required to notify the RSNA but need not to request RSNA's permission. Please note, this license is for images — defined as radiologic images, artwork, and related captions — but not for other elements of the accepted manuscript (i.e. text, graphs, tables, charts, and/or software).

For works published before April 2003: RSNA authors must obtain formal permission from RSNA to reuse content (figures, tables, graphs, text, etc.) from their articles. Permission may be obtained via RSNA.

Any questions about these policies may be directed to

RSNA journal article deposits to PubMed Central

In January 2008, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) revised its policy on public access to publications resulting from NIH-funded research. The original public access policy was voluntary for authors. As of April 8, 2008, it is mandatory. The law that made it mandatory states:

The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, that the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

More information about the law and the NIH policy is available at

The new policy means that authors whose research is funded by NIH are required to submit their papers to the federal online archive PubMed Central. The version that must be submitted is the manuscript after peer review, revision and final acceptance for publication.

Radiology and its publisher, RSNA, will assist authors in complying with this NIH requirement. RSNA and the editor of Radiology believe it is in the interest of science and scientific communication that the journal publish and PubMed Central contain the exact same version of an article. This will help prevent confusion and inaccurate information in the scientific record.

Therefore, on behalf of authors, RSNA will submit not only the version after peer review, but the final, published version, following RSNA copy editing and production processing. In compliance with the NIH public access policy, the RSNA will make the submitted articles open to the public 12 months after the date of publication in Radiology.

Proprietary rights notice and terms of use for RSNA journals online

Copyright © 2018 Radiological Society of North America, Inc.

  1. The editorial content (hereinafter referred to as the "Material") of the journals of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) appearing on this site is copyrighted by the RSNA, which reserves all rights therein.
  2. No part of the Material may be used in any form of commercial exploitation, unless published under appropriate license, including but not limited to print or broadcast media, and no subscriber or user may publish as its own any material contained on this site. Users may not use the Material on a public computer based information system, including any electronic bulletin board available to the public, including the internet or world wide web, other than for gaining access to the Material from the RSNA.
  3. Use of RSNA journals online constitutes the user's agreement with and acceptance of these terms of use.
  4. The person using RSNA journals online may view, reproduce or store copies of articles in the journals provided that the articles are used only for their personal, noncommercial use. Uses beyond that allowed by the "Fair Use" limitations (sections 107 and 108) of the U.S. copyright law require permission of the RSNA.
  5. Libraries are permitted to supply single copies of articles from RSNA journals online to authorized users of another library solely by post, fax or electronic transmission, but not via digital transmission, for the purposes of private but not for commercial use.
  6. For permission to copy beyond that permitted by the U.S. copyright law and for reprints, contact the RSNA publications permissions department at For reprints, contact
  7. Any uses and or copies of RSNA journals online in whole or in part must include the customary bibliographic citation, including author attribution, date, article title, journal name and MUST include a copy of the copyright notice.
  8. PDF files: Users of RSNA journals online may print single copies in PDF format of journal articles solely for their personal noncommercial use in accordance with terms of use. Substantial or systematic reproduction by users is not permitted. Distributing or posting the PDF files is strictly prohibited without permission of the RSNA.
  9. Users may not modify, adapt, transform, translate or create any derivative work based on any Materials in RSNA journals online, or otherwise use any such materials in a manner that would infringe the copyrights therein.
  10. Personal accounts and/or passwords may not be shared.
  11. The RSNA reserves the right to modify these terms of use in its sole discretion and to deny access to anyone who breaches these terms. Accessing or use of the Materials following the posting of any such modifications shall be subject to such modified terms.

Disclaimer of warranties

In no event shall the Radiological Society of North America, Inc., or Atypon Systems Inc., be liable, on any theory of liability, for any damages arising out of or in connection with the use of the articles or other material derived from the journals, whether or not advised of the possibility of damage.

RSNA journals online are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or noninfringement. There is no guarantee that the information contained in the online versions of the journals is identical to the print versions of the journals and neither the Radiological Society of North America Inc. or Atypon Systems Inc. has any duty to update the information contained on the online versions to correct errors or otherwise. Descriptions of, or references to, products or publications does not imply endorsement of that product or publication.

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  • In order for us to provide reliable, continuous and timely access to RSNA journals online for all readers, we require that you configure your offline browser to request no more than one page per minute.
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