Looks like our efforts paid off.
Dear Dr Batts
I’d like to introduce myself as the Director of Publications at the SCI.
There has been a general misunderstanding with this issue. Our official response is below, which we are happy for you to publish:
“We apologise for any misunderstanding. In this situation the publisher would typically grant permission on request in order to ensure that figures and extracts are properly credited. We do not think there is any need to pursue this matter further.”
As this is a misunderstanding inadvertently caused by a junior member of staff, I would be grateful if you would remove Ms Richards contact details from your blog. She has been most distressed by some abusive emails that she has received on this matter.
Director of Publications
Society of Chemical Industry
14/15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS, UK
I’d like to ask that everyone who posted the original letter from Lisa PLEASE remove any of her contact info. Since its been resolved, theres no more need to email her (and I’m a bit saddened to see that some weren’t respectful.)
Anyway, thanks EVERYONE for the support. This is a victory!