Privacy Policy

The Journal respects your privacy and your concerns about the information we collect, store and use. We have described our Privacy statement below. By using the website or engaging with our services in any manner, you agree to accept the policy below, and consent to our collection and use of data the we collect from you, as outlined below. The Journal is operated by Mayfair Publications Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales, United Kingdom.

Information we collect

In order to submit a manuscript to the Journal, you will be required to submit the following information about you and co-authors: 1) full name, 2) contact email address and 3) institutional affiliation. You will also have to submit a password to be able to create an account in order to manage your submissions. The purpose of collecting your full name, affiliation, and email is to assign ownership to your article if it is published. Only the email address of the corresponding author is published online. We do not share the email address of co-authors who are not corresponding authors to the public or third-parties. All passwords undergo one-way encryption, meaning that no person other than the person creating the account knows what the corresponding password to a specific account is. Please do not ask us to send your password. Instead use the the forgotten password section to reset your password. You will be sent instructions on how to do so via at the email you provide when creating your account.

We also collect automated information based on usage of our site. This includes “cookies”, information about the date and time certain webpages were visited, as well as the IP address used to access them. These types of information are aggregated as big data and do not reflect individual users. We use these to improve user experience, by for example, tracking how many times our articles were viewed by unique visitors. Cookies are temporary information we transfer to your computer device when you sign-in to your account. This allows you to stay “logged in” while you submit your manuscript and is deleted when you close your browser (in which case you will be logged out). You can disable receiving cookies by adjusting your browser settings but this may prevent you from submitting your manuscript. This document does not cover privacy policy of third parties associated with the Journal.

We de not collect or require personal information from anyone below the age of 13, or allow such individuals to register for our Services. Please refrain from registering or sending us any personal information if you are under the age of 13. We will delete any information we inadvertently receive from anyone under the age of 13.

How we use the information we collect from you

We use the information you provide us to: create an account for your use of the website; respond and communicate to you regarding your requests and queries; publish your article on the website and other repositories (e.g. PubMed); offer information such as recently published articles; improve our website and services; perform market research and analytics; and protect against fraud (e.g. detection of plagiarism and copyright breach). We keep the data for the time necessary to provide these services.

We may also send your information to companies we employ for performing day to day tasks of the Journal. Unless stated otherwise, these entities do not have the right to use the information we send to them beyond what is necessary to perform the task.

In addition, we may enlist third-party web-analytics services to collect aggregate information about the popularity of different section of our website. This includes Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel. This information is directly collected by these providers in anonymised format and may be retained by the third-party to improve services. This Policy does not cover third parties. You can learn more about these, including ways to opt-out, by visiting their respective websites. Our website DOES NOT track your activities to provide advertising tailored to your personal interest.

We may also disclose information if required to do so by law and regulation or in response to law enforcement authorities. We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event that we sell or transfer all or part of the Journal’s assets, including dissolution or liquidation.

Handling payments

The Journal may also collect certain information with regards to payments. To ensure security, we do not store sensitive information relating to payments (e.g. credit card and bank details). Only the information necessary to execute the transaction is shared with financial intermediaries handling the transaction. We currently use PayPal and bank transfers and this Policy may not be a reflection of the policy adopted by these financial institutions.

The website contains links to third-party websites. These may be operated by companies not legally affiliated with the Journal and this policy does not reflect third-party websites. You are encouraged to visit the Privacy statement of those websites, if you visit them. You therefore acknowledge that the Journal is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these third-party entities.

Protecting your information

We take extensive measures to prevent unauthorised disclosure of your personal information. Your personal data is encrypted while stored on our servers, in addition to other technical and administrative processes we use to safeguard your data. You must prevent unauthorised access to your account by selecting appropriate passwords and limiting access to devices you use to access the Journal (where possible). We however cannot guarantee complete security as unauthorised access, hardware and software failure, and other technical factors may allow your information to be compromised (though we take extensive action to avoid these issues).

Policy updates

We reserve the right to update this policy without notice. Changes are effective as soon as they become available via the website and your continued use subsequent to any changes constitutes your acceptance of any updated policy.

The rights of users

You may opt-out in disclosing personal information, but you must note that this may partly or entirely restrict your use of our Services. You may be able to request to view, update or delete the information we have about you by contacting us. Please note that we may retain certain information needed to preserve the scientific integrity of the published articles.

Information not contained in this policy

Please contact us regarding any queries you may have about this Policy or information we currently have about you.

Last revised February 17, 2017