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ASCE Guidelines for Posting Papers on the Internet


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Lynn Wallace (703) 295-6406,

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reston, Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports research to promote the profession, and is grateful for its members’ and partners’ academic efforts. ASCE prides itself on publishing high quality technical information and assisting researchers in the process of publishing their research. The society dedicates significant resources to publishing articles, including facilitating peer review, copyediting and marketing.

We understand authors want to share their research, and we support them in their efforts. ASCE’s permissions policy is intended to give authors broad discretion on how to distribute their work.

To encourage academic study and further the profession, ASCE allows authors to post their own papers on the Internet using these guidelines:

Authors may distribute and share on any website their final accepted manuscript as submitted to ASCE following peer review and provided a link to the ASCE final version is included. PDFs of the "as-published" version may be shared within the author’s institution on a password protected internal website.

ASCE sends take down notices to website administrators who have posted as-published and copyrighted material. These notices also remind website administrators that authors are free to post accepted manuscripts. Authors of published ASCE works agree to this policy as a condition of publication. We make every attempt to collaborate with authors and their universities in reaching an agreement that preserves ASCE’s copyright while still giving authors the freedom to disseminate their work.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit