ProQuest's CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences to Streamline Research Workflow
with Innovative Copyright Permission Feature

ProQuest has added an innovative new copyright permission feature to CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences as a free service for current subscribers.  The new feature provides instant access to rightsholder information and offers the ability to secure permission to re-use any specific article that is identified within a search in CSA Illustrata through a direct link to Copyright Clearance Center's rights licensing database or to the rightsholder.  The impetus for the new service came from customer interest in a new copyright clearance capability within the database. "This innovation will help to meet a critical need for researchers who want to re-use illustrations that they find on CSA Illustrata," said Suzanne BeDell, senior vice president of higher education publishing.  "The addition of this new functionality reaffirms our commitment to support scholarly research and the workflow of our researchers, while protecting the intellectual property of the publishers who provide records for the database."

This new feature has been seamlessly integrated into CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences.  Within the database, a new "Get Permissions" link will be made available on the full object record page, on the abstract plus thumbnails page, and in the thumbnail mouseover popup.  Users clicking on this link will be able to obtain permission for the reuse of objects that appear within CSA Illustrata: Natural Sciences. In most cases, users who click on the Get Permissions link will go to the Copyright Clearance Center where details of the article and the available types of re-use will already be populated, but, in selected cases, the link will go directly to an email address or a publisher web page.

CSA Illustrata is the first digital resource specifically dedicated to data presented in tables, figures, charts, illustrations, and their captions, revealing results that are more defined than traditional article-level indexing and full-text-level searching.  CSA Illustrata uses Deep Indexing, the granular indexing and categorizing of data presented in tables, figures, maps, photos and charts, allowing researchers to significantly enhance the precision and recall in their search process.  Researchers can view the full object, including all caption and label text.    In addition, CSA Illustrata provides instant linking from the retrieved illustration to the full-text of the article in which it appears.  Additional information about CSA Illustrata as well as the concept and research behind Deep Indexing is available at

About ProQuest
ProQuest provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world's scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of serious researchers in multiple fields, from arts, literature, and social science to science, technology, and medicine.  ProQuest is part of Cambridge Information Group (

ProQuest's vast content pools are available to researchers through libraries of all types and include the world's largest digital newspaper archive, periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles and spanning more than 500 years, the pre-eminent dissertation collection, and various other scholarly collections. Users access the information through the ProQuest®  and CSA Illumina? online information systems, Chadwyck-Healey? electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, Ulrich's® Serials Analysis System, COS Scholar Universe, and Serials Solutions® resource management tools. Through the expertise of business units Serials Solutions and COS, ProQuest provides technological tools that allow researchers and libraries to better manage and use their information resources.   For more information, visit,, and

About Copyright Clearance Center
Copyright Clearance Center is the world's largest provider of text licensing services. These services, combined with CCC's Web-based applications and tools, allow tens of millions of people in corporations, universities, law firms and government agencies to lawfully use and share published information with ease. Since its founding as a not-for-profit company in 1978, CCC has created and expanded the markets and systems that facilitate content reuse and the distribution of royalties to publishers and authors around the world. By offering rights to millions of the world's most sought-after publications, the company plays a major role in the global knowledge economy and encourages support for the principles of copyright. For more information please visit