The Paleontological Society


Policy Statement. -- The primary purpose of The Paleontological Society (the Society) is to advance the science of paleobiology. In keeping with this, it is the policy of the Society to encourage authors of scientific papers and books and teachers (primary through university levels) to utilize appropriate figures and illustrations published by the Society in the Journal of Paleontology, Paleobiology, Papers in Paleontology, Short Course Notes, Special Publications and educational brochures for which the Society currently holds copyright (see "Who Holds Copyright" for explanation). This also applies to materials published on the Society's Home Page.

The statement of copyright and reproduction policy outlined herein is in keeping with the intent of the masthead statements found in the Journal of Paleontology, Paleobiology, Papers in Paleontology, and other copyrighted Society publications.

Conditions for Waiver of Copyright. -- The Society will waive copyright for articles, figures, tables, etc. that are intended for reproduction in non-profit, scientific publications. Please use this form to make your request. The form should then be sent to:

Bryan Hibbard
The Paleontological Society
P.O. Box 9044
Boulder, CO 80301

E-mail: bhibbard@ge

Permission Request Form

The Society will permit free use by individual students and teachers of articles, figures, illustrations, graphs, tables, and(or) brochures for which the Society  holds copyright. These must be reproduced in limited and reasonable quantity, used solely for the advancement of education or science, and distributed free-of-charge. Classroom use is especially encouraged. Such "fair use" will not require written request to the Secretary of the Society. The Society does insist , however, that the author(s) and the publication be given appropriate credit for the figures or articles.

Examples of "fair use" follow. (1) An individual teacher or scientist may make limited numbers of reproductions for his/her own use in courses or research. (2) A teacher may make reasonable and appropriate numbers of copies of articles, figures, etc., to be used in the classroom by students.

The Society will permit a public natural history museum, park, or similar public institution or nonprofit private institution to reproduce reasonable numbers of Society brochures for their own educational outreach. The Society does require that the institution contact the Secretary of the Society in writing explaining the numbers that are anticipated to be reproduced and the purpose for their use and distribution. Upon approval, the institution would receive a clean copy of the brochure appropriate for reproduction. The institution must agree to reproduce the Society's brochure in its entirety, including the Society's logos and name, although addition of wording in fine type similar to "reproduced by xxxxxx" or "distributed by xxxxxxx", as appropriate, would be permissible as additions to the brochure, space permitting. Furthermore, the institution would be permitted to recoup its reproduction costs by charging a nominal fee for the brochures.

If , however, the Society's copyrighted materials are to be reproduced for purposes beyond that permitted by Sections 107 or 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law (i.e., are to be reproduced in large numbers, and (or) if they are to be distributed for monetary profit, and (or) if the course is taught for monetary profit), the Society requires the user going through the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), which would assess and collect appropriate fees.

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 765
Schenectady, NY 12301 USA

Policy for 'For-Profit' Publications or Institutions. – Please fill out the following form and include a check made payable to The Paleontological Society.
Please send completed form and check to:

Bryan Hibbard
The Paleontological Society
P.O. Box 9044
Boulder, CO 80301

Permissions request form

Who Holds Copyright for The Paleontological Society's Publications?

The Paleontological Society holds sole copyright for the following publications:

Journal of Paleontology, beginning with vol. 60 (Jan. 1986) .
The Paleontological Society Memoir Series beginning with no. 10.
All volumes of Paleobiology.
All volumes of The Paleontological Society's Special Publications.
All volumes of Short Course Notes.
All volumes of Papers in Paleontology.
All of the Society's brochures.

When the Society separated from the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (SEPM) in 1981, SEPM retained copyright for the following publications:

Journal of Paleontology, v. 1-59 (to Nov. 1985).
All supplements to that journal prior to November 1985
The Paleontological Society Memoirs, nos. 1-9.

To request waiver of copyright for materials in the Journal of Paleontology from vol. 1 through 59 and for the Paleontological Society's Memoirs 1-9, the request must be sent to SEPM at the following address:

David Pettyjohn
Publications and Marketing Manager
Soc. Economic Paleontologists & Mineralogists
1731 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74136-5108 U.S.A.

Phone: 1-800-865-9765 Ext. 21
FAX: 918-493-2393