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SAE International's intellectual property is its most valuable asset. As such, SAE expends considerable resources maintaining and protecting its rights to its intellectual property.

SAE reserves the right to copyright any of its print products, electronic products, databases, audio/visual products, and any other subject matter. This is intended to protect SAE and its members from unauthorized copying and distribution of SAE intellectual property. SAE's intellectual property may only be used in a manner that furthers the organization's purposes.

It is also SAE policy that the copyrights and other intellectual property rights of third parties be respected and not infringed upon by SAE or any of its committees, or any employee, member or other person acting on behalf of SAE.

You can download a copy of our full policy on intellectual property here

Obtaining Permission to Use SAE Copyrighted Material

Use of Content from Technical Papers, Journal Articles, Books, and EDGE Research Reports

SAE International has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to make it easier to request permission to reuse SAE International content.

To request republication of content, please go to copyright.com. Click on “Get Permissions”. Enter the title, report number, ISBN, or ISSN of the publication you’d like to reuse.

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SAE International is a signatory to the STM Permissions Guidelines, which permits signatories to reuse a limited amount of signatory content without a permission fee. Please review the guidelines for details and instructions. 

Permission under the guidelines can be obtained through CCC in most cases. Please note that all standards content is excluded from reuse under the STM Permissions Guidelines. 

If you require assistance from SAE International, please contact copyright@sae.org.

Use of Content from Standards

Please submit all requests to use content from SAE standards to copyright@sae.org, including the following details:

  • Exact portions requested
  • How the content will be used
  • The expected number of people who will have access

A written permission agreement will be provided for approved requests. 

Author Reuse of SAE Content

Use of Figures, Charts, Graphs, and Excerpts

Authors of SAE technical papers and journal articles may reproduce limited portions of content submitted by that author to SAE in additional publications, provided that:

  • Publication occurs 6 months after SAE originally published the material.
  • The author created and owned the original content. SAE cannot grant permission to republish content owned by another party.
  • The author is a named author of the new publication. Authors cannot grant permission to others to reproduce SAE content.
  • The original SAE publication is properly cited in the new work, and © SAE International appears next to any reproduced portions.

Republication requests that follow the guidelines above do not require additional written permission. Any other requests, including use of full technical papers or articles, do require written permission from SAE International. Contact copyright@sae.org with questions.

Use of Full Technical Papers and Journal Articles by Their Authors

  • The author accepted manuscript version (such as an unformatted Word file) may be posted in an academic institutional repository 6 months following publication. The full citation of the work, as well as a link to the online version on SAE Mobilus®, must be included. The final, published version of the paper may not be posted. 
  • The final, published version of a paper cannot be posted online for free access (see Open Access exception below). This includes sites such as ResearchGate.
  • Papers cannot be shared at trade shows, in marketing emails, with customers, prospects, or distributed in any other manner without written permission from SAE. 
  • Papers cannot be offered for sale or submitted to another publisher for publication. 
  • Papers cannot be used in a way that implies endorsement by SAE.

Two options are available to enable distribution of the full paper or article: 

  • Converting the paper to Open Access (see Open Access Policy). This will allow the author(s) and others to post, share, and reuse the paper under a Creative Commons license such as CC BY.   
  • A special distribution license agreement can be purchased for a specific person or organization to post and/or distribute a paper, without allowing others to do so.

Contact copyright@sae.org with questions.

Referencing an SAE Standard

The suggested format for referencing an SAE standard is as follows:

  • SAE AIR5665TMA Aerospace Information Report - Architecture Framework for Unmanned Systems
  • SAE AS9100®C Standard - Quality Management Systems - -Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations
  • SAE AMS2750TMD Specification - Pyrometry
  • SAE ARP5412TMA Aerospace Recommended Practice - Aircraft Lightning Environment and Related Test Waveforms
  • SAE J1939TM Standard Oct. 2007 - Recommended Practice for a Serial Control and Communications Vehicle Network