Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Edanz Author Path (“Author Path”, “we”, “our”, or “us”), which operates the web site located at http://www.author-path.com (the “Website”). This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, store, and disclose your personal information when you use the Website.

By using the Website, and by registering for an Author Path account, you are consenting to the use of your personal information in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy.

The Website contains links to other websites over which we have no control. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of these websites.

Where your data will be stored
Your data is stored on secure servers and databases housed by our top tier provider.
Backups and data required for development and service improvement and delivery may also be stored on physical media in in our offices and other facilities.


Information we Collect
When you create an account on the Author Path, we gather information that may be personally identifiable, including but not limited to: your name, email address, and institution name.

We may also collect demographic information such as: career focus and discipline, educational degrees, native language, and country of residence.

We also gather or may gather certain information about your use of the Website, such as what areas you visit and what services you access. Moreover, there is information about your computer hardware and software that we collect or may collect. This information can include, without limitation, your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring website addresses.

We are not responsible for the use made by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of the Website, such as on your profile.

Social Media Sharing
The Author Path will disclose your personal information if you have explicitly agreed that we may do so. In particular, we will disclose personal information where you have elected to connect your account on our Website to a social network or other similar service (e.g., Facebook or Google), or have elected to have your activity on our Website published to a social network or other similar service (e.g., Facebook or Google). To control the information that you share, you should review and, if appropriate, modify your privacy settings on such services.

Use of Information
The information collected may be used for the purpose of operating and improving the Website, fostering a positive user experience, and delivering the products and services that we offer. We may also use the information we gather to inform you of other products or services available from the Website or to contact you about your opinion of current products and services or potential new products and services that may be offered.

We may use your contact information in order to send you e-mail, postal mail, or other communications regarding updates to the Website, such as newsletters, new features, and additional listings which may be of interest to you. We may also use it to send you information about third-party products and services that match your interests and preferences, if you opt in for this communication. We do not release any of your contact information to third parties unless we have your permission. The nature and frequency of these messages will vary depending upon the information we have about you. The registration forms and other sections of the Website where we collect your information provide you with relevant opt-in and opt-out choices regarding promotional activity and other communications with you.

We may share information, such as your IP address, with third parties as might be required for technical purposes, such as facilitating user discovery and access via web search engines, or help you connect you to external services from Publishers or other sites.

Information we Share

As collaborators, co-authors may be able to:

  • View information you have written within the Author Path project
  • Comment on information you have written
  • View comments from all project collaborators

The Primary Author for each project may be able to:

  • Submit a manuscript for publication
  • Share data and other manuscript information with non-collaborators

For legal reasons we may share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of the Author Path if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

  • Meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
  • Enforce applicable Terms of Use, including investigation of potential violations.
  • Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
  • Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Author Path, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.

Data, Copyright, and Ownership
You, the user, own all the content you create. All the data associated with your manuscript is securely stored (see Security) and can be modified only by the Primary Author and collaborators. We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Website. You are free to publish your content (articles, text, data, images, etc) in any other venue and release your copyright. Your profile and all contributed materials remain yours.

Cookies Policy
We use "cookies" to help personalize and maximize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard drive by a web page server. Cookies are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to your computer, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize pages or register for services on the Author Path Website, a cookie helps us to recall your specific information (such as user name, password, and preferences). Because of our use of cookies, we can deliver faster and more accurate results and a more personalized site experience. When you return to the Website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized. We also use cookies to track click streams, for session maintenance and usability features and for load balancing.

You may have the ability to accept or decline all cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline all cookies if you prefer. Alternatively, you may be able to modify your browser setting to notify you each time a cookie is tendered and permit you to accept or decline cookies on an individual basis. It is possible to sign in to any of the Website without accepting cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, however, that may hinder performance and negatively impact your experience on the Author Path Website.

Security
We implement reasonable technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, or disclosure.

All communications are encrypted using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol (you might have noticed that our pages all have a https:// URL prefix). All data is stored in our servers, backed up frequently at the provider level and at an off-site host.

Children
The Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.

Effective as of 1-April-2017. Last updated 4-April-2017.