Terms of Use

General

You agree that by clicking "Sign Up Now", "Join Scipedia", "Sign Up" or similar, registering, accessing or using our services (including those offered at the website Scipedia.com, the Premium Services, or any content or information provided as part of these services, hereafter referred collectively to as "Services"), you are entering into a legally binding agreement (even if you are using our Services on behalf of a company) with Scipedia S.L. (hereafter referred to as "Scipedia" or "We").

This "Agreement" includes this Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy, and other terms that will be displayed to you at the time you first use certain features, as may be amended by Scipedia from time to time. If you do not agree to this Agreement, do NOT click "Join Now" (or similar) and do not access or otherwise use any of our Services.

Registered users of our Services are "Members" and unregistered users are "Visitors". This Agreement applies to both, hereafter collectively referred to as the "Users" or individually as "User" or "You".

Our services

Scipedia.com is a scientific and technical digital publisher and professional social network. Scipedia.com aims to connect researchers and technologists and facilitate them to share knowledge, expertise and the outcome of their work. For this purpose, Scipedia.com offers an innovative platform providing free publishing and open access services (e.g. no open access fees are payable by the authors and no fees are required to read the published articles) to disseminate the results of the scientific and technical work.

Scipedia acts only as a hosting service, maintaining the infrastructure and organizational framework that allows our Users to build Scipedia.com by contributing and publishing Content themselves. This means that We generally do not monitor or edit the Content of Scipedia.com, and we do not take any responsibility for its Contents. Similarly, we do not endorse any opinions expressed via our Services, and we do not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any submitted community Content. Instead, we simply provide access to the Content that our Users have contributed.

"Content" or "Contribution" includes the text, software, scripts, graphics, figures, sounds, music, videos, audiovisual combinations, interactive features and other materials you may view on, access through, or contribute to Scipedia.com. Scipedia.com may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by Scipedia.com. Scipedia.com has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. By using the Service, you expressly relieve Scipedia.com from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website.

You are legally responsible for your edits and contributions on Scipedia.com, so you should exercise caution and avoid contributing any content that may result in criminal or civil liability under any applicable laws. Scipedia generally cannot offer any protection, guarantee, immunity or indemnification.

Misuse of the Service

Users must not misuse the Services. Misuse of the Services includes, without limitation: insults to other Users; automated or massive manual retrieval of other Users' profile data, or automated retrieval of documents published in Scipedia.com; advertising for commercial products or services of all kinds; unsolicited job offers and business proposals; all kinds of technical attacks on the servers.

All information provided within Scipedia.com may only be accessed manually by a natural person using ordinary Internet devices. You are not permitted to use this website other than for private, noncommercial purposes. Use of any automated system or software to extract data from this website for any purpose ("data harvesting" or "screen scraping") is prohibited.

Users must not store or process any other User's personal data for any other purpose than the natural purpose of such data being published within the Service by the respective User.

All aforementioned behaviors in this article are strictly forbidden, unless the User has obtained prior written permission by Scipedia.

Submission for review and publication

By clicking the "Submit", "Submit for Review" or similar, you submit your Contribution and agree to grant Scipedia a non-exclusive license for digital reproduction and public communication of the Contribution contributed to Scipedia.com, for the purpose of reviewing the Content. This license grant will be revoked if your submitted Contribution is rejected for publication. If your submitted Contribution is accepted for publication, You irrevocably agree to release your contributed Content to be published in Scipedia.com under the Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License (CC BY-SA 4.0).

You shall be solely responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting and publishing your Contribution on Scipedia.com. You affirm, represent, and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to submit and publish the Content you contribute. In this regard, You are liable to Scipedia of all charges, including financial, that may arise for Scipedia in favor of third parties for actions, claims or disputes arising from the breach of these obligations by You.

You agree that you will not unilaterally revoke or seek invalidation of any license that you have granted under these Terms of Use for the content contributed to the Scipedia.com, even if you terminate use of our services.

Scipedia's policies

Scipedia and Scipedia's Advisory Board releases official policies from time to time. Some of these policies may be mandatory for using our Services, and, when they are, you agree to abide by them as applicable.

Password security

You agree to: (1) try to choose a strong and secure password; (2) keep your password secure and confidential; (3) not transfer any part of your account. You are responsible for anything that happens through your account unless you close it or report misuse.

Privacy policy

We ask that you review the terms of our Privacy Policy, so that you are aware of how we collect and use the information. Because our services are used by Users all over the world, personal information that we collect may be stored and processed in any country in which we or our agents maintain facilities. By using our Services, you consent to any such transfer of information outside your country.

Notices and Service Messages

You agree that we may provide notices to you in the following ways: (1) a banner notice on the Service, or (2) an email sent to an address you provided, or (3) through other means including mobile number, telephone, or mail. You agree to keep your contact information up to date.

Please review your Scipedia.com settings to control and limit what kind of messages you receive from us.

Premium services

If You purchase any of our paid Services ("Premium Services"), you agree to pay us the applicable fees and taxes. Failure to pay these fees may result in the termination of your subscription.

We can change and modify prices prospectively in our discretion. To the extent allowed under law, these changes may be effective upon notice provided to you.

Limits and Termination

You may terminate this Agreement at any time with notice to Scipedia. On termination, you lose the right to access or use the Services. Our rights to use and disclose the Content You contributed to Scipedia.com, and Users’ rights to further re-share Content and information You shared through Scipedia.com, shall survive the termination of this Agreement. You agree that you will not unilaterally revoke or seek invalidation of any license that you have granted under this Agreement for the Content contributed to Scipedia.com, even if you terminate the use of our Services.

In certain circumstances it may be necessary to limit or terminate part or all of our Services, including the number of your connections and your ability to contact other Members, terminate this Agreement, block your account or access, or ban you as a user. If your account or access is blocked or otherwise terminated for any reason, your public contributions will remain publicly available (subject to applicable policies), and, unless we notify you otherwise, you may still access our public pages for the sole purpose of reading publicly available content on Scipedia.com. In such circumstances, however, you may not be able to access your account or settings. Even after your use and participation are banned, blocked or otherwise suspended, this Agreement will remain in effect with respect to relevant provisions.

Scipedia reserves the right to suspend or end the Services at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. Scipedia does not guarantee the reliability and availability of the Services, hence, the use of the Services by the Users is done by their own risk.

Modifications to this Agreement

Because it may be necessary to modify this Agreement from time to time, we will provide notice of such modifications. However, we ask that you please periodically review the most up-to-date version of this Agreement. Your continued use of our services after the new Agreement become official following the notice and review period constitutes an acceptance of this Agreement on your part. For the protection of Scipedia and other Users like yourself, if you do not agree with this Agreement, you cannot use our Services.

Disclaimers

At Scipedia, we do our best to provide scientific and technical content to a very wide audience, but your use of our services is at your sole risk. We provide these services on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and we expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure.

We are not responsible for the content, data, or actions of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by You from Scipedia or through or from our Services creates any warranty not expressly stated in this Agreement.

Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our Services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.

If a User feels that any information provided within Scipedia.com infringes his/her or any third party's rights, he or she shall notify Scipedia before taking any legal action.

Limitation on Liability

Scipedia is not liable if any interruptions, delays, errors or malfunction of the service, when such incidents have their origin on external causes unattached to Scipedia or in any case when the circumstances occurred by force majeure, negligent and/or fraudulent behavior of the User. Force majeure consists of failures attached to third parties, operators or service companies, lack of access to networks of others, acts or omissions by public authorities, acts produced as a result of natural phenomena, blackouts, as well as attacks from hackers or others specialized in security or integrity of the computer system; provided that Scipedia has taken security measures in accordance with the technical uses in the field.

Scipedia will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage.

Users shall indemnify Scipedia from any claims raised by third parties in reference to any information that is stored on request of the respective User. The indemnification covers all adequate expenditures, including court and lawyer fees.

The existence of linked sites does not involve any kind of agreement with the managers or owners of such sites, nor recommendation, promotion or identification of Scipedia with the information, remarks, opinions, contents or services provided.

Trademarks

Scipedia reserves all of its intellectual property rights in the Services. For example, Scipedia, Scipedia (stylized), and other Scipedia trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with Scipedia.com are trademarks or registered trademarks of Scipedia.

Other trademarks and logos used in connection with the Services may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Salvatorius Clause

If any provision or provisions of this Agreement shall be held to be or become invalid, illegal, unenforceable or in conflict with the law of any applicable jurisdiction, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.

Applicable law and jurisdiction

For any legal issue that may arise regarding the use of our Services or these Terms of Use it will be applicable the Spanish Legislation, being responsible for resolving all disputes, the Courts of Barcelona.