Firstly, please note that much of the same information on permissions applies to both open access (OA) and subscription articles. Whether you are publishing your article on an open access basis or not, you will need to seek permission to reuse any content in which copyright is owned by a third party (the “rightsholder”) in your article.
Authors of OA articles can choose to publish under a license with fewer restrictions on reuse, especially if the article is published under a Creative Commons license (please see copyright and licenses for further information). However, an author does not have the right to license the reuse of any third-party copyright material contained within an OA article, and so it is essential to obtain appropriate permission from the relevant rightsholder.
When seeking permission to reproduce any kind of third-party material from rightsholders, please tell them the license you are likely to publish your work under, and the license conditions. For example:
[license] the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), [terms] which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The third party can grant you permission either to include their material under the same terms as the license or to include their material with reuse not permitted. You will then need to ensure that captions for any third-party material reflect the conditions under which permission has been granted. Follow the relevant step below to do this:
If you have permission to include the material under the same terms as the license you are signing, please ensure that your caption notes the copyright holder (e.g., © Joe Bloggs).
If you have permission to include the material within the article only (not under the same license terms as your work) please ensure that your caption notes the copyright holder (e.g., © Joe Bloggs. Reuse not permitted). Please submit copies of all permissions documentation and approval from third parties with your article, to ensure rapid publication of your work.