Terms of service

This document describes the terms and conditions to which users agree when signing up to Authorea, www.authorea.com (the "Website"). Authorea reserves the right to update and change these terms and conditions from time to time and without notice. Users should periodically check these terms and conditions for updates or revisions. Violation of any of the terms below will result in the termination of the user's Account. Authorea is not responsible for any content posted by the user on the Website.

Account Terms
1. You must be a human. Accounts registered by "bots" or other automated methods are not permitted.
2. You must provide your legal full name, a valid email address, and any other information requested in order to complete the signup process.
3. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and password. Authorea cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to comply with this security obligation.
4. You are responsible for all content posted and activity that occurs under your account.
5. One person or legal entity may not maintain more than one free account.
6. You may not use the service for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. You must not, in the use of the service, violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright or trademark laws).

Account cancellation
To terminate your account contact Authorea directly at help@authorea.com. All of your content will be immediately deleted from the Website upon cancellation, except for content shared with co-authors. Such content will be available for a period of 7 days to co-authors, giving them the possibility to clone it. Note that your content can not be recovered once your account is cancelled. Authorea has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Website for any reason at any time. This will result in the deactivation or deletion of your Account or your access to your Account, with content associated to your account available for a period of 7 days to co-authors and deleted afterwards. Authorea reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

Modification of Service and Prices
Authorea reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Website (or any part thereof) with or without notice. Plans and prices are subject to change upon 30 days notice from us. Such notice may be provided at any time by posting the changes to the Website. Authorea shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Website.

General conditions
Your use of the Service is at your own risk. The service is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Authorea uses third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to run the Website. You must not modify, adapt or hack the Website or modify another website so as to falsely imply that it is associated with Authorea. Authorea reserves the right at all times to reclaim any Authorea subdomain without liability to you. You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Website, use of the Website, or access to the Website without the express written permission by Authorea. We may, but have no obligation to, remove content and accounts containing content that we determine in our sole discretion are unlawful, offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violates any party's intellectual property or these Terms of Service. Verbal, physical, written or other abuse (including threats of abuse or retribution) of any Authorea customer, employee, member, or officer will result in immediate account termination. You must not upload, post, host, or transmit unsolicited email, SMSs, or "spam" messages. Authorea does not warrant that (i) the Website will meet your specific requirements, (ii) the Website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free, (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Website will be accurate or reliable, (iv) the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the Website will meet your expectations, and (v) any errors in the Website will be corrected. You expressly understand and agree that Authorea shall not be liable 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 resulting from: (i) the use or the inability to use the Website; (ii) unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data; (iii) statements or conduct of any third party on the Website; (iv) or any other matter relating to the Website. The failure of Authorea to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The Terms of Service constitutes the entire agreement between you and Authorea and govern your use of the Website, superseding any prior agreements between you and Authorea (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Service). You agree that these Terms of Service and Your use of the Website are governed under Massachusetts state law. Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to hi@authorea.com.

Data, copyright, and ownership
You, the user, own all the content you create. All the data associated with an Authorea Article (be it Open Science or Private) is securely stored (see Security) and can be modified only by owner 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. However, by setting your pages to be viewed publicly (Open Science), you agree to allow others to view and download your content. In addition, Open Science articles, being publicly available data, might be employed by us (or anyone) for data mining purposes. Authorea does not pre-screen content, but Authorea and its designee have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any content that is available via the Website. At any time, the content of any article on the Website is exclusive property of the listed authors of that article. This includes all the text, figures and any extra material stored in the article's folder. The list of authors is visible in the article view of any Authorea article, just below the title. Users can be authors of an article if they have created it or if they have been added as collaborators. Collaborators to an article can be added (and removed) only by authors with "Administrator" privileges. Initially the creator of the article is the only administrator. Only administrators can give other collaborators "Administrator" privileges. While the content of the Website is owned by its authors, the look and feel of the Website is ©2012 Authorea LLC. All rights reserved.

Authorea keeps the highest security standards. 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. When you sign up for a paid plan on Authorea, we do not store any of your card information on our servers. This information is handed off to Stripe, a company certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of security certification available.

We only use personal information to improve the service. In order to provide the best possible experience, we collect personal information when you sign up to the Website. Personal information may include, name, e-mail address, host organization and job title. This information is used to improve the content of the Website, the quality of our service and to communicate with users. In order to monitor and improve access to the Website, we also monitor the number of visits, IP address, domain type, browser type and date and time of day. This information is used only for statistical purposes and to help us administer and design the Website. Those types of details do not disclose personally identifiable information that would permit us to identify or locate individual visitors.