Rights & Permissions

Obtaining Permissions

For permission to photocopy material from Island Press or Shearwater publications for academic course work, please contact the following agent:


     Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
Academic Permissions Service
     222 Rosewood Drive
     Danvers, MA 01923
     Phone: (978) 750-8400
     Fax: (978) 750-4470
     Website: www.copyright.com


For all other permissions requests, contact:


     Copyright and Permissions
2000 M Street NW
     Suite 650 
     Washington, D.C. 20036 
     Phone: (202) 232-7933
     Fax: (202) 234-1328


Please submit your application in writing. Include the following information:


  • Title of Island Press book, author(s) and/or editor(s) in which material appears
  • Chapter, pages, figures, tables as they appear in the Island Press publication
  • Specific title or selected essay or article and author in publication
  • Purpose of the request
  • How many copies are to be made
  • Whether the material being requested will be posted on a website or in some electronic format


For authors and publishers requesting permission to reprint copyrighted material in a book to be published, please also include the following:


  • Publisher of new work
  • Print run
  • List price
  • Total number of pages of book to be published


Applications for permission may be submitted by mail, fax, or email. Please allow a minimum of four weeks for processing your request.

Accessibility Services

Alternative format files for disabled students can be requested here. If the file is unavailable, please contact Copyright & Permissions.



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