My basic question is, should I get copyright permission for a figure before submitting a paper?
However I realize there may be two different situations, and I'm not sure if they are different.
- Should I get permission from original authors/journals before sending a paper for review or;
- should I wait to get accepted and then ask for permission.
It seems to me that I should not waste peoples time for permission without being accepted first, but maybe the paper is stronger with figures. For example, an image of a machine that the paper points out aesthetic features.
On the other hand, it seems to me bad to submit a manuscript or paper and after submission finding out there is no permission to use the figure or image, and taking it out of the paper after being accepted.