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The SciPost Foundation, Inc. (Stichting SciPost, hereafter "SciPost") is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to developing, implementing and maintaining innovative forms of electronic scientific communication and publishing. The SciPost Foundation operates the interactive online portal for the benefit of the international scientific community and further interested parties. SciPost offers the use of the portal free of charge to the general public. Access to and use of the sites is provided by SciPost subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which are a contract between SciPost and you. Use of the portal constitutes your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. If you do not accept these Terms and Conditions in full, you do not have permission to access and use the sites and should cease doing so immediately.


The portal, the underlying software, content and trademarks used on or in connection with the portal are owned by Stichting SciPost or its licensors, and are subject to international intellectual property rights and laws. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring by implication, or otherwise any license or right under any trademark, copyright or patent of SciPost or any other third party and all rights are reserved, except as explicitly stated in these Terms and Conditions.

License to use Journal Articles, Submissions, Commentaries, Thesis Links and Related Content

Unless otherwise indicated, the journal articles and all other online content published by SciPost on the portal are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. This means that you are free to use, reproduce and distribute the articles and related content (unless otherwise noted), for commercial and noncommercial purposes, subject to the citation of the original source in accordance with the CC-BY license, section 3a.


All contributions to SciPost will be scanned for plagiarism. In their own interests, contributors should avoid any dubious cases. All forms of contributions (submissions, reports, comments, etc) must give proper citations to any works referred to. It is the responsibility of the Contributor to ensure compliance with any relevant licenses applicable to the cited works.

Impermissible Uses

You agree to use the portal only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use of the portal by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful, or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person and the transmission of obscene or offensive content or disruption of normal flow of dialogue within the portal. As a condition to your use of the portal, you agree not to:

  • upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any information, materials, or other content that is illegal, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or offensive; or that infringes another's rights, including any intellectual property rights;
  • impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; or obtain, collect, store, or modify personal information about other users;
  • upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available to any user on the portal any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, 'junk mail', 'spam', 'chain letters', 'pyramid schemes', or any other form of solicitation;
  • modify, adapt, or hack the portal or falsely imply that some other site is associated with SciPost; or
  • use the portal for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You must not, in the use of the portal, violate any Dutch laws or laws in your jurisdicition (including but not limited to copyright laws);
  • use the portal in violation with the nationally and internationally accepted standards for scientific conduct as stated in the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice (Association of Universities in the Netherlands).

Suspension of Use/Violation of these Terms and Conditions

SciPost reserves the right to limit, suspend, or terminate your access and use of the portal at any time without notice. SciPost reserves the right to investigate and prosecute violations of any of these Terms and Conditions to the fullest extend of the law. SciPost may involve and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who violate these Terms and Conditions. You acknowledge that SciPost has no obligation to pre-screen or monitor your access to or use of the portal, but has a right to do so. You hereby agree that SciPost may, in the exercise of SciPost's sole discretion, remove or delete any entries, information, materials or other content that violates these Terms and Conditions or that is otherwise objectionable.

Disclaimer of Warranty

The portal, including, without limitation, the SciPost software, the SciPost APIs and the content on the portal (e.g. the articles, submissions, commentaries, comments, information, data, names, images, pictures, logos and icons), whether belonging to SciPost or a third party, are provided 'AS IS' and on an 'AS AVAILABLE' basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to ANY implied warranties of satisfactory quality, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security, completeness and accuracy. SciPost, its directors, officers, employees, agents and funders (collectively the 'SciPost Parties'), its software vendors, developers or other consultants working on the portal do not warrant that the portal will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the portal or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs or represents the full functionality, accuracy and reliability of the materials.

Limitation of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event will the SciPost Parties, the software vendors, developers or other consultants working on the portal be liable for any losses, damages, liabilities, costs or claims including, without limitation, direct, indirect, punative or consequential damages, and loss of use, data or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use of the portal, the underlying software, or any content on the portal or linked sources, whether in action of contract, negligence or otherwise.


You are solely responsible for your actions in connection with the portal and any internet costs incurred in accessing the sites. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless, and at SciPost's option defend, the SciPost Parties, the software vendors, developers, consultants or other persons working on the portal from and against any liability, damage, loss, cost or expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees) in connection with your use of the portal, including, without limitation, the underlying software and content on the portal, and the results of any action you may take based on the material contained herein, and from any consequences of the following:

  • your failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions;
  • unlawful disclosure of alteration of or interference of whatsoever nature by any person with the content of any transmission by you or on your behalf by means of a public telecommunication system or of information concerning such transmission or the use made of such system by any person; and
  • any act or omission by you constituting breach of copyright, infringement of trademark rights, or breach of any other intellectual property rights of whatsoever nature, or rights similar thereto anywhere in the world, belonging to any other person, or any allegation of any of the foregoing.

Privacy Policy

SciPost respects the privacy of its users and is committed to the protection of personal information as described in our Privacy Policy. You confirm that you have read and accept our Privacy Policy.

Interactive Features

In the course of using the portal, you may provide us with feedback, including but not limited to suggestions, observations, errors, problems, and defects regarding the portal (collectively 'Feedback') as well as comments on site contents ('Comments'). You hereby grand SciPost a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, transferable, and sub-licensable, non-exclusive right to use, copy, modify, distribute, display, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise exploit all such Feedback and Comments. All such Feedback and Comments shall comply with these Terms and Conditions generally and in particular the restrictions in Impermissible Uses above. In addition, content provided by authors for submission shall be subject to the Author Guide and Policies.


If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement or your intellectual property rights have otherwise been violated, please notify

Links to Other Websites and Resources

The portal provides links to other websites and resources. Because SciPost has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that SciPost is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any materials on or available from such sites or resources. Your business dealings with any such external sites or resources including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any warranties, conditions or other terms associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. You further acknowledge and agree that the SciPost Parties shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any contents, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource.

Modification to Portal and Terms and Conditions

SciPost reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, any part of the portal with or without notice at any time. SciPost reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting changes online. You are responsible for reviewing regularly information posted online to obtain timely notice of such changes. Your continued use of the portal after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this agreement as modified by the posted changes.

Additional Terms for Certain Features

Certain parts of the portal are subject to registration and additional conditions which will be made available to you to read at the time of registration. Those terms and conditions are incorporated herein. If there is any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and/or specific terms and conditions appearing elsewhere on the portal relating to specific material then the latter shall prevail. When registering, you are required to select a password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and any activity taken under your password. You are required to notify SciPost immediately of any known or suspected unauthorized use of your account or password and take reasonable steps to stop such use.


Any forbearance or indulgence by SciPost in enforcing any provision in these Terms and Conditions shall not affect SciPost's right of enforcement and any waiver of any breach shall not operate as a waiver of any subsequent or continuing breach. If any of these Terms and Conditions should be determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these Terms and Conditions are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction which that Term and Condition is illegal, invalid or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from the clause and the remaining terms and conditions shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding an enforceable. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with laws of the Netherlands, without regard to its conflict of law principles. Disputes arising here from shall be exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Netherlands. If there is any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and/or specific terms appearing elsewhere on the portal relating to specific material then the latter shall prevail.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions or comments about these Terms and Conditions, please contact