A2 Publications' policy for protecting your personal information
Privacy is an important concern for internet users, and is something that A2 Publications takes very seriously. What follows is an explanation of A2 Publications' policy for protecting users' personal information.
What personal information does A2 Publications ask users to supply, and why?
Registration on A2 Publications is optional and voluntary. Browsing and viewing article abstracts on A2 Publications 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.
What further information does A2 Publications track, and why?
In order to offer the best possible service to users, A2 Publications 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 A2 Publications to provide a useful service for researchers, offering them the most relevant information based on their areas of interest.
What is A2 Publications' policy on sharing email 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 emails from A2 Publications partners, then A2 Publications may from time to time email 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.
What is A2 Publications' policy on emailing its registrants?
A2 Publications may contact registrants from time to time to draw the registrant's attention to information that may be of interest. Members may opt out from receiving such email when registering as a member, or at any time thereafter by responding to such an email or contacting customer services.
What is A2 Publications' policy on using demographic information about users for online advertising purposes?
Support from advertisers is important to A2 Publications' model of free access to research articles. Statistical demographic information about the A2 Publications registrants may be supplied to advertisers. A2 Publications may target online advertising to specific users on the basis of this demographic information, or on the basis of their past behavior on the site, but information about an individual user will not be passed on to an advertiser without the users' express consent.
Access for journalists
Articles on A2 Publications will be published electronically immediately upon acceptance and payment of the publication fee. 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 A2 Publications. Journalists, like everyone else, will have access to published material immediately upon acceptance.
Publishing a scientific manuscript is inherently a public (as opposed to anonymous) process. The name and email address of all corresponding authors will be available to users of A2 Publications. These details are made available in this way purely to facilitate scientific communication. Collecting these email addresses for commercial use is not permitted, nor will A2 Publications itself send unsolicited email to authors, unless it directly concerns the paper they have published on A2 Publications.
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 A2 Publications to:
1. Enable us to identify you without having to ask you for username and password.
2. Measure usage.
3. Track movement within A2 Publications.
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 A2 Publications.
A2 Publications reserves the right to disclose registrants' 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 A2 Publications, employees or registrants.
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 A2 Publications, please contact our customer services team.