Reusing Your Content

Standard contracts for publishing a book with Penn Press allow authors to reuse their own content for non-commercial purposes in various ways. Be sure to check the details of your contract and the questions below before planning to reuse your Penn Press material. Still have questions? Contact your acquisitions editor or send a query to pressrts@pobox.upenn.edu.

Each Penn Press journal has their own policies regarding reuse of published content. Be sure to check the details of the agreement to publish that you signed. If you have other questions, please reach out to the Editor or Managing Editor of the journal or send a query to pressrts@pobox.upenn.edu.

The guidelines below apply to content already published with Penn Press. If you have questions about using your content prior to publication, please reach out to your acquisitions editor or to the editor of the journal that accepted your work for publication.

May I republish my journal article or book chapter?

You have the non-exclusive right to republish your work as part of any book that you are the sole author of, without paying any fee to Penn Press. We request that you credit the original publication with Penn Press: please use the wording of the copyright notice as it appears in the original Penn Press publication (at the front of the book or in the journal).

If there is a request to use a chapter or an article in a multi-authored edited collection, permission from Penn Press is required and a fee may be requested.

May I use my journal article or book chapter in a class that I teach?

Yes. You can duplicate or distribute copies of a chapter or essay for teaching or other student use, as part of a course pack or individually. You do not need to seek permission or pay any fee to Penn Press. This policy covers your own teaching; if you have colleagues who want to use your work for teaching, they should request permission via Copyright Clearance Center.

May I post a copy of my journal article or book chapter in an institutional repository?

Yes. There is no need to seek permission to post work in your institutional repository.

May I post a copy of my journal article or book chapter on the internet?

Each Penn Press journal has its own policy about posting published articles on the internet; many require a 12-month embargo. Please check with the editor of the journal that published your work before posting a published article online. 

Please consult your acquisitions editor before posting your work to the internet. While trusted, non-commercial, discipline-specific sites can be helpful in drawing attention to newly published work, the terms of use for many websites claim rights that belong to the author or to Penn Press; by posting to these sites you may be giving up control of important rights.