Citation Evaluations

Has your publisher tasked you with securing permissions for all the cited content in your manuscript? Are you self-publishing a book and wondering if you are in danger of copyright infringement? We can help you evaluate all the cited content in your manuscript so you can decide if it is necessary to seek permission to use it or not.

Evaluation of Individual Citations (flat rate) includes:

  • research to find and/or confirm the source and publication date of the material you are using
  • evaluation of the risk of using individual citations based on fair use criteria
  • permissions recommendation that includes work around ideas so that you can avoid seeking permissions and any information we come across to help you seek permissions for the content if you decide to go that route

Sample report:

Here's an example of a citation evaluation report. This is an abridged version. You can see both parts of this report by clicking on their respective buttons below:

Interested in Citation Evaluation services?

Fill out the inquiry form below and we will send you a cost estimate of your project. We usually recommend purchasing a $49 basic permissions consultation (click here) before taking this step. This consultation will provide you guidelines that will help reduce the cost of any additional evaluation of individual citations and securing permissions services you might need.

Disclaimer: We are not copyright attorneys, and we cannot guarantee that our advice will prevent you from being sued for using someone else's copyrighted content. For legal advice about your copyright decisions, please contact an attorney.

Evaluation of Individual Citations

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Permissions Consulting Testimonials

Being a first-time author, Kelly explained the Permissions process in easy-to-understand terms. She was transparent every step of the way, and it was an easy decision to hire her to do a citation evaluation and provide recommendations. She's organized...prompt...respectful...and easy to work with. I was very pleased with the results and fully expect to enlist her help on my next project!

Jerry Bures

Kelly’s thorough citation evaluations have been essential to our permissions-seeking process on several projects. Her detailed reports aided us in determining which citations were low risk and which ones needed permissions. Kelly is always quick to respond to questions, is flexible with schedule changes, and on time with her assessments.

Working with Kelly was easy and very rewarding. She has a straightforward, friendly manner that eased my concerns, and her obvious understanding of citations and permissions left me feeling energized about the project I am working on.

Deirdre Reilly

I am a new author with a finished and edited manuscript. When my editor told me that I had to start writing permission letters for the 72 endnotes I included in my book, I called Kelly for wisdom. Her insight was very helpful and her email accessibility comforting. It's like a heavy weight of concern was lifted off my shoulders after our consultation. Thank you, Kelly!

Jorge Acevedo


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Kelly was indispensable in her organization and attention to detail with my book project for the University of Chicago. She had a large amount of material to review and manage, lots of sources to research and cite, and was able to tackle it all while needing very little guidance from me. Beyond that, she also compiled chapter abstracts and keywords, and went back through my work multiple times as changes were made. She was invaluable.
Jane Friedman, publishing consultant and former publisher of Writer's Digest

Christopher was exactly what I was looking for. He is a great biblical scholar of historical criticism who held my writing feet to the fire. The biggest surprise is how good he is as a straight-up editor. It's ironic that I like his red pen more than a few "professional" editors I've worked with. Perhaps all editors should be put through the mandatory rigor of grading students' papers for a few years, as well as writing their own papers for tough professors.

Kevin Bader, writer

Kelly's tenacity in tracking down rights holders was exceptional. I'm convinced she is actually a detective.

Glenn Kammen, Author