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A Guide to RSNA Rights: Frequently Asked Questions


The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has created RSNA Rights, an interactive rights management system that offers a variety of options for using RSNA owned content from:

  • Radiology
  • RadioGraphics
  • RSNA News
  • RSNA Scientific Programs
  • RSNA Categorical Course Syllabi


Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. How can I obtain permission to use RSNA content?
  2. What is an image license?
  3. How should I cite RSNA content that I have received permission to use?
  4. How can I pay the permissions fee?
  5. What do the different format types mean?
  6. To how many people may I distribute RSNA content?
  7. Who may use RSNA content?
  8. How may I use RSNA content?
  9. Will taxes apply to my permissions order?
  10. May I obtain permission to translate RSNA content into other languages?
  11. Who/how can I contact the RSNA Publications Department with questions, concerns, or comments?



1. How can I obtain permission to use RSNA content?

  • Locate Content: Navigate through the RSNA website (www.rsna.org) to find the content you wish to reuse.
    You may also go directly to the RSNA Publications page (http://www.rsna.org/Publications/index.cfm).

  • Find RSNA Rights: Either click on the "Get Permissions" link on a page or go to the RSNA Rights page at www.rsna.org/publications/rsnarights.

  • Complete Form & Submit: Fill out the interactive RSNA Rights form. Make sure to include all of the mandatory fields (indicated in bold print). Click "Quick Quote" to see the potential fees associated with your request and/or click "Submit" to send a request directly to RSNA for review.

  • Order Confirmation: After you submit your request, you will receive an automatic response e-mail from RSNA Rights 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.

  • Receive Response: Unless a rush has been requested, you will receive a letter indicating permission has been either granted or denied, within 5-10 business days. If permission is granted, a permissions 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 providing contact information for the copyright owner. Your credit card will not be charged in the event RSNA does not own copyright to requested content.
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2. What is an Image License?

Beginning in April 2003 all Radiology and RadioGraphics corresponding authors were granted an automatic RSNA Image License which gives him/her the right to reuse their images without obtaining RSNA permission.

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3. 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.

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4. How can I pay the permission fee?

Fees associated with certain types of use may be paid by credit card in US dollars (USD) only. The amount a requestor owes will be clearly indicated on the invoice provided by RSNA. Further payment details will be also be included on the invoice.

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5. What do the different format types mean?

RSNA content may be used in three formats: Print, Electronic, and/or Web. "Format" indicates in what medium the content is to be reproduced. Content may be used only in the format that is specified in the final RSNA permissions letter. A requester is able to select one or all format options on the interactive RSNA Rights form by clicking the empty box next to your desired choice(s).

  • Print: Check the empty box if you will be using content on paper (i.e., thesis, book, or magazine).

  • Electronic: Check the empty box if you will be using content electronically (i.e., CD-ROM/DVD, e-mail, or an electronic presentation).

  • Web: Check the empty box if you will be using content online i.e., Website or intranet.
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6. To how many people may I distribute RSNA content?

There are three different distribution ranges available in the drop-down menu:
  • 1-10,000
  • 10,001-25,000
  • 25,001+

To indicate the distribution of your work, please locate in the "Estimated Circulation" section on the permissions request form. The option selected should reflect the circulation or number of recipients who will receive your work. 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.

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7. Who may use RSNA content?

RSNA Rights provides the opportunity for all types of requestors to obtain permission for content use. In your request, it is necessary to include the type of organization you represent.
  • Author: This selection is available for those who have authored the content being requested. There is no fee associated with author requests to reproduce their own material for non-commercial purposes.

  • Non-Author/Non-Profit Organization: This selection is available for those who are requesting from a non-profit organization such as a university, hospital, or non-profit publisher.

  • Commercial: This selection is available for those who are requesting from a commercial entity such as a for-profit publisher, corporation, or pharmaceutical company.

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8. How may I use RSNA content?

In the "How Would You Like To Use This Content" section of RSNA Rights, you may select a type of use which describes what you are doing with the requested content. If you do not see an option that reflects your intended use, please contact permissions@rsna.org RSNA offers the following options for content use:

  • Book/Textbook
  • Non-Profit Journal/Magazine
  • For-Profit Journal/Magazine
  • Newsletter/Newspaper
  • Promotional Material
  • Presentation
  • Link for Educational Purpose
  • CD-ROM/DVD
  • Website
  • Link on Intranet
  • Government Report
  • Course Pack
  • Classroom Materials
  • Poster
  • Library Reserve/e-reserve
  • Training Materials
  • CME Materials
  • Photocopies
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Dissertation/Thesis
  • Movie/Documentary/Television Show
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9. Will taxes apply to my permissions request?

No, taxes will not apply to your RSNA Rights invoice order total. RSNA does not apply taxes on permissions fees.

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10. 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 permissions@rsna.org

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11. Who/how can I contact in the RSNA Publications Department with questions, concerns, and/or comments?

You are welcome to use the phone and/or e-mail contact information below:

Ashley Daly
Manager, Intellectual Property
Radiological Society of North America
1-630-590-7771
1-630-590-7724 Fax
permissions@rsna.org or adaly@rsna.org

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