Privacy policy

This page provides information about the personal information we collect and the ways in which we use it. The people involved in managing this journal aim to be compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. The data will not be sold by this journal or the developer nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. If you have any requests concerning your personal information or any queries with regard to these practices please contact us

Who we are
This Privacy Policy applies to all services offered by About Science Srl, Piazza Duca D’Aosta 12 – 20124 Milan (Italy) through their submission portal: http://journals.aboutscience.eu

How we collect your personal data
Visiting this website
When you visit this website for informational reasons (without registering an account) we automatically collect the following information:

  • IP Address
  • Cookies
  • Number of visits
  • Geo-location data (City level only)
  • Length of time spent on website 
  • Pages clicked on
  • your device type, screen resolution and browser version
  • your internet service provider
  • the website from which you have been directed to our website

We use your personal data to communicate with, customise content and improve our services by analysing how you navigate our website. If you do not agree with our Policy, please do not visit this website.

Registering through this website
When you register to our website we collect the following is the personal data during the registration process:

  • Name
  • Email
  • City
  • Country
  • Mailing address
  • Phone Number 
  • Affiliation
  • ORCID
  • Your picture (which you may willlingly upload)
  • Short bio (which you may willingly upload)

Cookies
We use cookies to manager user sessions. Cookies are not required to visit the site and to read content. You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work. By continuing to use this site you are agreeing to the use of cookies.

Other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites which we do not control and which are not covered by this Privacy Policy. If you access them through the links provided, these sites may collect information from you. Please review the privacy policy of the websites you visit.

For statistical analyses we use web analytics services to collect information about the use of our submission site. We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). On our behalf Google will use the information generated by a cookie for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website. The tools collect information such as:

  • Device and browser information (operating system information, Mobile device identifier, mobile operating system, etc.)
  • IP address
  • Page accessed, URL click stream (the chronological order of our internet sites you visited)
  • Geographic location
  • Time of visit
  • Referring site, application, or service

We use this information only to determine the most useful information for you and to improve our website. We do not attempt to match information collected through the use of this tool with personal data.

How we use your personal information
We process personal information collected via this website for the purposes of:

  • Communicating with you
  • Processing your manuscript and any fees due
  • Providing email alerts to journals you have registered for
  • User profiling
  • Identify you at sign-in
  • Complying with a legal obligation, or to respond to a valid legal process 

Information sharing
Your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties. However, your personal information will be collected through the services provided by the following contractors, who assist us in providing the services we offer through the website:

4Science
The infrastructure supporting our submission site is hosted in the AWS datacenter in Europe, specifically in Dublin (Ireland), whose service level agreement is available online.

Public Knowledge Project 
Collected information will assist in improving and developing the publishing platform; data will be available in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics.

Social media plug-ins
Articles listed on this website provide links to social sharing tools to enable you to share content through selected social media platforms. Transfer of personal data takes places whether you have an account with the provider or not. If you use these links, please note that these sites may collect information from you. Please review the respective privacy policy of the website you visit.

Your rights
In accordance with local and international privacy laws please note that

  • you have the right to be informed about the personal data we process
  • you have access to your personal data at any time automatically through the submission platform
  • you may request that we delete your personal data from our system
  • If may request that your data be deleted from our system we will delete and/or anonymise your personal data immediately

Should you wish to exercise any of the above rights please contact us.

Data retention
If you are an Author, Editor or Reviewer of an article published on our website we may retain your personal information to grant continuity to published information
We may also need to retain your personal information In case legal, audit, accounting and tax obligations demands this to us.

Opt Out
You maintain at all times the right to completely disallow the collection and saving of your data. To do so, please contact us or use the unsubscribe link where provided.

Securing your data
We have reasonable state of the art security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of personal data under our control which are stored on a secured internal server. Although we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of information will never occur, we use all reasonable efforts to prevent it. Data collected through the software OJS are maintained by 4Science are stored and handled by Amazon Web Services (details availale online).

Contacting us
Please submit any questions, concerns or comments you have about this privacy policy or any requests concerning your personal data by email to privacy@aboutscience.eu.

This policy has been updated on October 15th, 2018 and will be reviewed should the terms indicated be subject to change.