I hope this message finds you well. I am writing about an issue that I am seeing with TRSE, and it is occurring with enough regularity that I felt a broad message was appropriate. Over the past year or so, Taylor & Francis has seemingly cracked down on their policies regarding publishing copyrighted images found on the Internet. Unless authors can prove that their images are available within the public domain or do not have an identifiable author (e.g., a meme), Taylor & Francis is requiring that authors obtain written permission to publish images in scholarly journals like TRSE, even when the image is being used as a part of a research study.
The use of images as an elicitation technique is a popular method in many qualitative studies, and oftentimes, the inclusion of the images used in the study are useful to readers (and reviewers) as a way of helping understand authors' methodological decisions and analysis of data. For the recently accepted articles that have run into this issue over the past few months, we have found acceptable alternatives to having the images published, but I am sending this email as a heads up for those of you who are currently planning studies or in the midst of data collection. If you are using images as part of your data collection, I would encourage you to choose images that are in the public domain or secure the necessary permissions early on so that you do not run into trouble as the article is about to be published.
Obviously, I am primarily concerned with manuscripts submitted to TRSE, but since Taylor & Francis controls a number of journals to which members of our field submit, this advice will likely apply even if you plan to publish elsewhere.
Thanks, and if anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to email.