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Reuse Author's Own Material

As an ASCE author, you are permitted to reuse you own content for another ASCE or non-ASCE publication. The content may be used as follows:

Authors may post a PDF of the ASCE-published version of their work on their employers' Intranet with password protection. Please add the statement: "This material may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the American Society of Civil Engineers.”  

Authors may post the final draft of their work on open, unrestricted Internet sites or deposit it in an institutional repository when the draft contains a link to the bibliographic record of the published version in the ASCE Civil Engineering Database. "Final draft" means the version submitted to ASCE after peer review and prior to copyediting or other ASCE production activities; it does not include the copyedited version, the page proof, or a PDF of the published version.  

If the content has been prepared by an employee within the scope of employment, the employer shall enjoy the same rights as the authors.   

If the content was prepared under a U.S. government contract, the federal government shall have the rights under the copyright law to the extent required by the contract. 


The following restrictions also apply: 

  • Permission is denied if you request to republish an entire article in an ASCE or a non-ASCE publication
  • Permission is denied by if the requested content constitutes more than 25% of your work in a new publication.   
  • Internet posting the published version of your article is strictly prohibited.  
  • If the request is for an online coursepack, the site must be password protected.   
  • If you wish to photocopy your content, the total number of copies cannot exceed 100. If you need more than 100 copies, see Reprints.