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Open Access Papers

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The Society of Economic Geologists, Inc., has in place a Gold Open Access (OA) policy that allows free access to papers for which the author has paid a fee in advance of publication. Under Creative Commons CC-BY licensing, this policy applies to final papers published in the journal Economic Geology that have been reviewed, copyedited, and typeset. The principles of fair use and attribution apply; duplicate or redundant publication of the full paper is not permitted at any time.

Papers that fall in this category are labeled with the OA padlock logo. In reusing the figures or other parts of the article, the user must acknowledge the author and the source of the material. If the new article uses more than 25% of an OA article or if more than 25% of the article comes from an OA article, it will judged to constitute duplicate publication and be in contravention of normal publishing ethics.

For additional information, please refer to the SEG Open Access publishing policy.

Green Open Access Papers

SEG also has a Green Open Access option, whereby the manuscript is published with the usual copyright restrictions, but authors are allowed to place a post-peer reviewed version of the manuscript online after an embargo period of 12 months from time of manuscript publication, the month given on the cover of the issue (or first month listed, for two-month issues). This version is what the editor has approved for publication and for which he has given instructions to the author for sending along to production, but which has not been through copyediting, layout, final proofing, and publishing with the SEG logo.


Other than for papers licensed under Open Access, SEG holds the copyright on all its publications.

Fair Use Permission

Use of up to three figures, a brief paragraph (up to 300 words), or a single table from an SEG publication is considered to be fair usage, and no formal permission is needed. If formal permission is required, please make your request as indicated below. Fees will be assessed. We expect the SEG publication to be cited with appropriate credit, i.e., fully and prominently.

Copying and Use in the Classroom

To reproduce SEG materials, please check with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) in the USA or its equivalent in other countries. You will be charged a fee for reproduction and distribution within a classroom.

Posting on a Website

Posting on a website of material for which the Society of Economic Geologists, Inc. (SEG) holds copyright is in violation of copyright law. This includes posting to university archives or research websites such as ResearchGate, Academia, and Scribd, or granting permission for such websites to share a paper with members. No re-use is allowed without specific permission from SEG, with one exception: an author or group of authors may post without further permission, on their own personal or organizational website(s) the title, authors, and full abstract of their paper(s), provided the posting fully cites the SEG publication in which the material appears.

Other Use

If your usage does not fall within the above categories, please complete the Permissions Form and submit to SEG Copyright Permissions using a method below:

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  • Mail:
    SEG Headquarters
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    Littleton, CO 80127
  • Fax: +1 (720) 981-7874

Usage Fees

For all uses requiring written approval of the SEG, fees will be assessed, with a base fee of US$50.00. Extent and purpose of use will be considered in assessing additional fees. Fees are not waived for SEG members and must be paid prior to use of the material or the permission is void. Formal invoices will be issued only upon request

Electronic Usage

Electronic use of complete SEG publications, including individual articles, is typically discouraged because it competes with SEG distribution of print and electronic matter.