Copyright and Reprint Permissions

All APTA published material, including the content of APTA.org and other APTA Web sites, is protected by copyright. All rights are reserved. For information on how to obtain reprint permission, please follow the instructions listed below. Approval for requests will be issued by fax or US mail.

OPTIMAL

Clinicians are encouraged to use OPTIMAL to document that a patient qualifies for an automatic exception to the outpatient therapy cap. In addition, OPTIMAL is included in LOINC, the Regenstrief Institute Inc's Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes database that provides a definitive standard for identifying clinical information in electronic reports. As of December 15, 2011, APTA no longer requires entities to request permission for using OPTIMAL. This applies to (1) clinicians within their facilities for patient care, (2) education institutions using material for in-classroom use, (3) entities conducting research, and (4) entities wishing to use it in commercial products or services, including other publications, courses, or software programs.

Note, however, that OPTIMAL remains the copyrighted intellectual property of Physical Therapy (PTJ), and the following citation must be included in all uses:

Copyright © 2012, 2006, 2005 American Physical Therapy Association. All rights reserved.

Academic Permission Requests

PT in Motion, Physical Therapy (PTJ), and Clinical Management requests for classroom use must be submitted to the Copyright Clearance Center at 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923; Phone: 978/750-8400; Fax: 978/646-8600; E-mail: info@copyright.com; Web: www.copyright.com. 

Nonacademic Permission Requests

Permission requests must be submitted in writing to APTA or via the online Reprint Permission Form. Written requests must include title of APTA publication, article title, volume, issue number, year, page numbers, figure/table number if applicable), title or type of publication in which APTA material will appear, estimated size and demographic of audience or print quantity of publication, scope of permission, and, if material is being adapted, the proposed revised text or graphic. Note to Physical Therapy authors: If you want to reprint a figure from one of your own articles in a new PTJ article, permission is not required. Written requests may be submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail to the following: Michele Tillson, APTA Publications Department, 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703/706-3194; Fax: 703/706-3169; E-mail: micheletillson@apta.org. 

Guide to Physical Therapist Practice

Permission requests must be submitted in writing to APTA or via the online Reprint Permission Form. Written requests must include page numbers and/or figure/table number (if applicable), title or type of publication in which APTA material will appear, estimated size and demographic of audience, or print quantity of publication, scope of permission, and, if material is being adapted, the proposed revised text or graphic. Written requests may be submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail to the following: Michele Tillson, APTA Publications Department, 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703/706-3194; Fax: 703/706-3169; E-mail: micheletillson@apta.org. 

MoveForwardPT.com

For commercial reproduction of MoveForwardPT.com content (as in for-sale courses, books, software, or Web sites with a fee/subscription/pay wall), written permission is required. Requests may be submitted or via the online Reprint Permission Form, or via mail, fax, or e-mail to the following: Michele Tillson, APTA Publications Department, 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703/706-3194; Fax: 703/706-3169; E-mail: micheletillson@apta.org. 

MoveForwardPT.com information is available for linking, quoting, or reprinting with attribution in all cases of noncommercial use (as in content on your facility’s Web site, handouts for prospective patients and clients, CAPTE-accredited PT and PTA programs, or news articles/blogs). In these instances, anyone is free to link to MoveForwardPT.com without specific written permission provided that the linking party doesn’t imply official partnership with Move ForwardPT.com/APTA or endorsement by Move ForwardPT.com/APTA where there is none.

Although APTA prefers users to link to the MoveForwardPT.com site whenever possible, users can reprint/republish content from the site for noncommercial use provided that they (1) cite "MoveFowardPT.com, the official consumer Web site of the American Physical Therapy Association, ©[YEAR]" as the source and (2) link that citation to our Web site (link not applicable in cases of print/offline publications). By reprinting or quoting content from MoveForwardPT.com, the user agrees to publish the content as it appears (no rewriting).

If you would like APTA to review your noncommercial use of MoveForwardPT.com content to ensure it follows these guidelines, send a link or document to consumer@apta.org.

Other Publications

The following are published by APTA sections or assemblies. Please contact them directly for permissions.

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal: 504/568-4288
Gerinotes: 800/999-2782, ext 3238
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT): 877/766-3450 (toll free)
Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy: 800/999-2782, ext 3238
Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; www.lww.com
Journal of Physical Therapy Education: 800/999-2782, ext 3237 or 3233
Journal of the Section on Women's Health: 800/999-2782, ext 3229
Pediatric Physical Therapy: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; www.lww.com 

Reprint Permission Fees

Except for bona fide education institutions using material for in-classroom use, APTA charges a fee for reprint permission. The fees are dependent upon the amount of material being used, with a minimum fee of $25 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Once we have received a written request, we will determine the appropriate fees and will issue a letter/invoice. Permission will not be granted until prepayment has been received. APTA accepts credit cards (American Express, Visa, and MasterCard), checks, and money orders as forms of payment. NOTE: Certain uses of APTA content, such as in, but not limited to, commercial software products, will require a licensing agreement rather than copyright permission. APTA will notify you if we determine that your request requires a licensing agreement.

Permission Approval

When APTA has received all required information and applicable fees, permission approval will be issued via fax or mail. Permission will be granted under the signature of APTA Director of Publications, and the approval letter will state the following:

Permission to reprint or otherwise reproduce for non-exclusive use for only the purpose listed in the attached request is granted with the understanding that duplicated material carry a full citation: "Reprinted from [author's last names/first initials, title of article, name of publication, year, vol no., and page nos.], with permission of the American Physical Therapy Association. This material is copyrighted, and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited."

Should APTA, in its sole discretion, determine that your use of our material is contrary to the original intent as we understood it in your request for permission, or is no longer appropriate, we reserve the right to revoke this permission of your use of APTA material.

As a courtesy (if applicable), please also contact the senior author for permission.

Depending on the request, APTA may also require additional citations and/or a link to APTA's Web site. If additional citations and/or a link are required, the permission letter will clearly indicate this.

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