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Privacy statement

Privacy is an important concern for internet users, and is something that BioSci Publisher takes very seriously. What follows is an explanation of BioSci Publisher's policy for protecting users' personal information.


1. What personal information does BioSci Publisher ask users to supply, and why?

Registration on BioSci Publisher is optional and voluntary. Browsing and viewing articles on BioSci Publisher does not require any personal information to be submitted from users. Nor do these functions require the user's browser to be set to accept cookies.

Some other aspects of BioSci Publisher's service and other services published on BioSci Publisher, do require the use of cookies, and the supply of information such as name, e-mail etc. This is necessary for security reasons and also for BioSci Publisher to be able to assure standards of scientific integrity. Users may submit further personal information (e.g. details of research areas of interest) in order to take advantage of present and future personalization facilities on BioSci Publisher.


2. What further information does BioSci Publisher track, and why?

In order to offer the best possible service to users, BioSci Publisher tracks the patterns of usage of pages on the site. This enables us to identify the most popular articles and services. Where users have provided details of their research areas of interest, this information can be correlated, helping BioSci Publisher to provide a useful service for scientists, offering them the most relevant information based on their areas of interest.


3. What is BioSci Publisher's policy on sharing e-mail addresses with third parties?

User information will only be shared with third parties with the explicit consent of the user. If the user has explicitly opted to receive special offer and product information e-mails from BioSci Publisher partners, then BioSci Publisher may from time to time e-mail the user on behalf of these partner companies. However, these companies will not be given the user's details without that user's explicit consent.


4. What is BioSci Publisher's policy on e-mailing its registered members?

BioSci Publisher may contact members from time to time to draw the member's attention to information that may be of interest. Members may opt out from receiving such e-mail when registering as a member, or at any time thereafter by responding to such an e-mail or contacting customer services.


5. Access for journalists

Articles on BioSci Publisher will be published electronically immediately upon acceptance. So, the issue of having an 'embargo' on controversial or publicity sensitive material in the temporal gap between acceptance and publication is not an issue for BioSci Publisher. Journalists, like everyone else, will have access to published material immediately upon acceptance.


6. How does this privacy policy relate to authors of research articles published through BioSci Publisher?

Publishing a scientific manuscript is inherently a public (as opposed to anonymous) process. The name and e-mail address of all authors of a BioSci Publisher manuscript will be available to users of BioSci Publisher. These details are made available in this way purely to facilitate scientific communication. Collecting these e-mail addresses for commercial use is not permitted, nor will BioSci Publisher itself send unsolicited e-mail to authors, unless it directly concerns the paper they have published on BioSci Publisher.


7. Use of cookies

BioSci Publisher uses cookies to track usage. For auto login a cookie is sent from our server and is stored on your computer's hard drive.
Session cookies are also sent from our server to your computer and used for session management. However these cookies do not remain on your hard drive on completion of your session. Cookies are used by BioSci Publisher to:

• Enable us to identify you without having to ask you for username and password.

• Measure usage.

• Track movement within BioSci Publisher.

If you do not wish to accept any of these cookies or wish to be notified when a cookie is sent you can modify your browser preferences. If you refuse to accept the permanent cookie that is saved on your computer's hard drive then you will not be able to use the Auto login facility. If you choose not to accept session cookies then you may not be able to use all of the facilities offered on BioSci Publisher.


8. Legal responsibilities

BioSci Publisher reserves the right to disclose members' personal information if required to do so by law, or in the good faith and belief that such action is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, respond to claims, or protect the rights, property or safety of BioSci Publisher, employees or members.


9. Who should I contact if I have any questions or concerns about my privacy?

If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy and BioSci Publisher please contact our customer services team (service@sophiapublisher.com).