Rights and Permissions

All publications and websites of the International Reading Association (IRA), including print and digital formats, are protected by U.S. Copyright Law and are owned by IRA, unless otherwise noted. The materials are provided for the personal, noncommercial use of purchasers of publications or visitors to IRA sites.

Note: The information below is intended for those who wish to reproduce or otherwise reuse material already published by IRA. If you are an author submitting a manuscript for consideration for publication by IRA, find information about copyright and obtaining permission releases in the For Authors pages.

Obtaining Permission to Reproduce IRA Materials

Contact your national reprographic organization.

In the United States:

CCC Permission Requests    

Copyright Clearance Center
222 Rosewood Drive
Danvers, MA 01923 USA
Phone: +978-750-8400
Fax: +978-750-4744


In Canada:

Access Copyright
The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency
One Yonge Street, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E5
Phone: +416-868-1620
Fax: +416-868-1621

Types of Use: Guidelines and Procedures

Fair use. Brief passages from IRA material can be reproduced without permission, with appropriate citation, under the doctrine of fair use. See the U.S. copyright office website for information on how to determine whether fair use applies. A photocopy of a single article or chapter from an IRA publication may be made without permission for one-time, nonprofit, educational use.

IRA authors' reuse of their own work. IRA does not restrict its authors from reusing work published originally by and copyrighted to IRA, provided appropriate citation is made. Further, authors of journal articles or book chapters, or their institutions, are permitted to post or deposit a copy of the preprint version (final, peer-reviewed manuscript) on the author’s personal website or to an institutional repository, but only six months after the work is published by IRA. A copyright notice, digital object identifier (DOI), and link to www.reading.org must appear on the work. Use of a final published version in any electronic or other type of format is not be permitted unless permission is obtained in writing and applicable fees are paid to IRA.

Photocopies. Individual IRA members may make multiple copies of IRA articles and chapters without permission for in-service presentations or for coursepacks. Nonmembers should contact the Copyright Clearance Center.

Reprint/republication. To reprint or republish IRA material, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center. Republication is limited to two chapters from a book, and a new publication may not include more than 25% IRA material.

Licenses for electronic reproduction. Posting of IRA material to Internet sites is generally restricted to secured, password-protected websites (with the exception of authors' own deposit of their own work to an institutional repository—see above). Licensors must agree to terms set forth by IRA in the license for website and CD-ROM production.

Library reserve. Up to 10 photocopies of a single article or chapter can be reproduced for use in an educational institution. For secured, password-protected digital or electronic reserve, IRA members may post journal articles for one semester without permission. Nonmembers must contact the Copyright Clearance Center.

Reproducing materials for those with disabilities. IRA allows republication of its materials in print or sound recordings for use by the blind, deaf, or other disabled persons. In keeping with this policy, students with disabilities will be permitted to scan IRA material for personal use with assistive technologies. Students or their school representative must apply for permission by contacting the Copyright Clearance Center.

Videos. Copying of IRA videos is prohibited. Permission to copy or broadcast videos produced by organizations other than IRA must be obtained from the producer.

Translations. To translate an IRA publication into a language other than English, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center.

Adaptations. Requests to adapt IRA material should be accompanied by a copy of the intended adaptation.

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