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Terms and Conditions


Date of version: 06 April 2021

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The following Terms and Conditions ("T&C") apply to the use of the website ocs.springer.com, as well as to all related services provided by us, Springer International Publishing AG, Gewerbestrasse 11, 6330 Cham, Switzerland (hereinafter referred to as "Springer Nature" or "we"). Please note that these Terms apply, regardless of the means of delivery of the Site to you. Any reference to the 'User' 'you' or 'your' is a reference to you as a user of the Site or any service provided on it.

We draw your attention to the limitations on liability contained in clause 7 below and to the consents to data transfer and processing contained in clause 6 below.

Please ensure that you read the Privacy Policy as it forms part of these T&C.

1 Registration

1.1

Access to the Site requires a registration as well as the assignment and activation of the required access data, in particular a password. It is your responsibility to provide accurate and complete registration details and to keep such details up to date. We are entitled to rely on any such registration details you provide to us.

1.2

Unless stated otherwise, each registration is for a single user only and not for multiple users. If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party. You are solely responsible for any loss or damage you or we may suffer as a result of your failure to do so.

1.3

Your registration must be in your own, real, name, not under any false or assumed name and not with any other person's identity. You must not disclose your login details to any other person. If you think that another person may have access to, or be using, your registration details, you must inform us immediately. You must provide a valid email address when you register. If you provide an email address to us then you warrant to us that you are entitled to receive email to such email address.

1.4

We reserve the right to deny access temporarily or permanently and/or to suspend the access with immediate effect or within a period of time at our discretion in the event of violations of these T&C, in particular due to

  • incorrect information during registration,
  • unauthorised disclosure of access data, in particular the password, and/or
  • misuse of the services on the Site

2 Functionality / Your content

2.1

The Site offers you the opportunity to submit, review and edit content and materials, including articles, commentaries, comments or personally identifiable information ("Content"). You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in the Content.

2.2

The site enables authors to submit work for peer review and consideration, peer reviewers to comment and critique and program committee to solicit and review advice received to ensure rapid processing of the submitted work for inclusion within conference publications.

2.3

You grant to us a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual license to use, copy, edit, reproduce, make available, communicate, display, store and distribute your Content (in whole or part) throughout the world in accordance with the provisions of these Terms. By submitting your Content, you warrant that you have the right to grant this license.

2.4

You warrant that:

2.4.1

(i) you are the sole owner or have been authorised by any additional copyright owner to grant the rights defined in clause 2.3; (ii) the Content does not infringe any intellectual property rights (including without limitation copyright, database rights or trade mark rights) or other third party rights and no licence from or payments to a third party are required to make the Content available, (iii) the Content has not been previously published or licensed , (iv) if the Content contains materials from other sources (e.g. illustrations, tables, text quotations) appropriate written permissions has been obtained to the extent necessary from the copyright holder(s), you license us to use such materials in accordance with the grant of rights in clause 2.3 and have cited any such materials correctly;

2.4.2

all of the facts contained in the Content are according to the current body of science true and accurate;

2.4.3

nothing in the Content is obscene, defamatory, violates any right of privacy or publicity, infringes any other human, personal or other rights of any person or entity or is otherwise unlawful and that informed consent to publish has been obtained for all research participants;

2.4.4

nothing in the Content infringes any duty of confidentiality which you might owe to anyone else or violates any contract, express or implied and all of the institutions in which work recorded in the Content was created or carried out, have authorised and approved such research and publication.

2.5

It is our sole discretion, subject to any rules and procedures applicable to any Site, whether or not we choose to make available Content on the Site. We may remove Content at our discretion, subject only to our obligations in respect of peer-reviewed articles.

3 Contact us

For general comments on the Site, or to seek permission to do anything prohibited by or not contained in these T&C, or which requires our prior consent or agreement, you can contact us via ocs_support@springer.com.

4 Using the Site

4.1

Access to the Site is permitted on a temporary basis and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on the Site or part of the Site without notice. We will not be liable or responsible if for any reason the Site is unavailable.

4.2

We may update the Site from time to time, and may change the content at any time. Please note that any of the content on the Site may be out of date at any time, and we are under no obligation to update it.

4.3

You must not (whether directly or indirectly):

  • distribute, transmit, syndicate, sell or offer to sell or otherwise make available any content, files, feeds or data from the Site, whether publicly available or not, except as specifically permitted by the Site and in compliance with any applicable conditions or restrictions; or
  • copy, download, or store any content, files, feeds or data from the Site, whether publicly available or not, to make or populate a database or publication of any kind whatsoever;
  • alter, adapt or reverse engineer any part of the Site.

5 Third Party Content

We are not liable or responsible for any third party content on the Site. Third party content includes, for example, articles and peer review reports posted by any third parties.

6 Your personal information

We treat your data confidentially and respect the relevant data protection regulations. All information about data protection can be found in the privacy policy.

7 Our liability

7.1

Springer Nature shall be held liable in accordance with statutory regulations for any loss or damage sustained by the User that is caused by intent or gross negligence; is due to the object of performance lacking a warranted characteristic; is based on a culpable breach of so-called "cardinal obligations;" results from the loss of life, limb, or health; or is covered by liability under product liability law.

7.2

Cardinal duties are those contractual duties, performance of which enables due implementation of the contract in the first place and which the contractual partner fundamentally may rely on being performed, and the breach of which jeopardises attainment of the very purpose of the contract.

7.3

If a cardinal duty is breached, liability – provided the loss or damage is merely due to slight negligence and does not involve the loss of life, limb, or health – shall be limited to that loss or damage, occurrence of which is typical or foreseeable in connection with providing services such as those constituting the subject-matter of the contract.

7.4

In all other respects, liability towards Springer Nature and Springer Nature's vicarious agents – for whatever cause in law – is hereby ruled out.

7.5

Where damages sustained by the User result from loss of data, we shall not be held liable if such damage could have been avoided had the User regularly saved all the relevant data and made complete backups at intervals that duly reflect the value of the data.

8 Maintenance of the Site

You acknowledge and agree that from time to time we may need to suspend access to all or a part of any Site while we:

  • fix defects and errors in the Site;
  • install updates and undertake general diagnosis and maintenance of the Site; and
  • undertake emergency maintenance and/or suspend access to the servers, and that as a result the Site may be less accessible or unavailable to you from time to time.

9 Changes to the T&C

We reserve the right to amend these T&C at any time. New or changed terms and conditions will be transmitted to the User in text form. The new or amended T&C shall be deemed to have been agreed if the User does not object to their validity within 30 days after receipt of the notification. The objection must be made in text form. We will inform the User in the notification of the possibility of objection, the deadline and the consequences of the inactivity of the User separately. If the User objects, each party has the right to terminate the agreement in question by giving notice of termination with immediate effect.

10 Miscellaneous

10.1

If the User is a registered trader, a public corporation or a special trust managing public assets, Zug, Switzerland shall be the place of jurisdiction for all legal disputes arising directly or indirectly from the contractual relationship between Springer Nature and the User. In such event, Zug, Switzerland shall be deemed to have been agreed as the place of performance.

10.2

The same shall apply if, subsequent to the conclusion of the contract, the User's place of residence or habitual place of abode is located at some place outside the territory of Switzerland or is relocated to such a place. This shall also apply if the User's place of residence or habitual place of abode is not known at the time when legal action is filed.

10.3

Swiss law shall apply exclusively. Any application of CISG is hereby ruled out.

10.4

If any provision of these T&C is ineffective, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions. In any such case, the parties shall negotiate for a clause that is to substitute the ineffective provision and that reflects the content of the original provision as closely as possible.

Out-of-court settlements

We do not engage in out-of-court settlements before consumer arbitration bodies.