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American Physical Society Terms of Use

American Physical Society 
Terms of Use 
Rev. 2020 

For use of content from the American Physical Society: an “Authorized User” is any individual who is an employee, faculty, staff, or student officially affiliated with Northeastern University and persons with legal access to Northeastern’s collections and facilities on site. Authorized Users may be persons remote from Northeastern’s  physical location whose access is administered from Northeastern’s site or campus.  


a. The Authorized Users are permitted online access to journals published by the American Physical Society(APS), and may download, save, or print text, search results, or other information from the APS Materials solely for their private use or research and may only use this online access in a way that conforms with all applicable laws and regulations.  

b. Northeastern faculty may include articles from the APS Materials in coursepacks in print or digital form for distribution to Authorized Users for their use in connection with classroom instruction or in reserves (print or digital), which are to be deleted when no longer used for the course.  Northeastern may provide links to content within course management software (e.g. Blackboard or Canvas) and reading list software (e.g. Leganto) whereby content may only be accessed by current, registered class participants.

c. The American Physical Society grants Authorized Users permission to use brief quotations from the content of the online APS Materials with the customary acknowledgment of the source, and to copy and transmit content from individual articles in “person-to-person” and non-systematic scholarly exchanges of information between Authorized Users and specific individuals.  

d. Use of the APS Materials by Authorized Users other than indicated above is a violation of the terms of the Agreement. Any other use of the Licensed Materials requires the written permission of the copyright holder.

e. Nothing in this agreement is meant to restrict the Fair Use and other rights of the Licensee under U.S. Copyright Law.


a. Altering, recompiling, systematic or programmatic copying, reselling, redistributing, publishing or republishing (beyond the uses permitted under above) of any journal text, output, search result, or other information from the APS Materials, or any portion thereof, including without limitation, copyright, proprietary and/or other legal notices contained therein, in any form or medium is prohibited.   

b. Systematic or programmatic downloading of the Licensed Materials (for example, downloading entire journal issues), service bureau redistribution services, printing for fee-for-service purposes and/or the systematic making of print or electronic copies of individual titles for transmission to persons other than Authorized Users are prohibited.  Downloading portions of the Licensed Materials for the purpose of creating systematic and persistent local copies (not including transient, dynamic caches of individually requested material) for redistribution is prohibited.  

c. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to the American Physical Society. The Authorized Users may not circumvent the Publisher access control systems or use APS systems or services to make an attempt to gain unauthorized access to any other system or network.  

d. Authorized Users shall not redistribute the APS Materials or any article therein to a country to which export is prohibited by U.S. law or regulation.

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