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Credit Lines and Citing Sources

Once you have obtained the necessary permission to reproduce previously published materials, you are responsible for incorporating the appropriate credit lines into your manuscripts. For most ASCE publications, acknowledging permission to reproduce material is relatively simple and is an extension of the author-date referencing system.

The manuscript must include a full citation of the source of the reproduced material in its reference list. In addition, the text, figure, or table should contain an author-date citation plus a comma and the words “with permission from” and the copyright owner’s name. For example:

Direct quotation of text

“…is significant in wave blocking when the breakwater is property restrained” (Briggs and McCormick 2006, with permission from Elsevier).

Figure caption

Figure 4-5. Portal crane wheel loads (AASHTO 2002, with permission from American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials)

Table title

Table 2. Properties of Typical Diaphragms (Brown and Johnson 2002, with permission from McGraw-Hill)

Source line separate from figure caption or table title 

Source: Brown and Johnson 2002, with permission from McGraw-Hill.

Material previously published in another ASCE publication

(Stuart and Jones 2005, © ASCE)

Other types of credit lines may also be appropriate:

Credit lines for figures that were created from data in previously published tables or for tables that were created from data in figures

Figure 2. Rainfall and groundwater accumulation, by month (data from Campbell and Henry 2004)

Credit lines for items (such as diagrams or photographs) that do not come from a referenceable source but that have been provided by the owner

Figure 6. Damage accumulation at a failure (photograph courtesy of ABC Corporation, with permission)

Credit lines for items that do not come from a referenceable source and for which no owner can be traced (speak to your ASCE Staff contact to determine if this option is available to you) 

Figure 12. Decision tree for construction cost analysis (diagram from XYZ, Inc.)