The Applied Biology & Chemistry Journal (TABCJ)

ISSN: 2582-8789 (online)

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy establishes how The Applied Biology & Chemistry Journal (TABCJ) uses and protects information you give TABCJ when you use this website.

We committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. If we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement. We have updated our Privacy Policy to ensure that you, our users and researchers around the world, have a clear view as to what personal data we have, how we use it and under what conditions we entrust it to our contractors; and also to clarify the choices you have. This also ensures we are in line with the latest laws on data protection.

TABCJ may change this policy periodically by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you agree with any of the changes. This policy is effective from 08th October, 2020.

Why do we collect personal data?

The Applied Biology & Chemistry Journal (TABCJ) has a mission – to make scientific and scholarly research open to all, as more than ever, science and technology are needed to engineer solutions to move us towards a sustainable society. To do this we seek to engage with the world’s research community and to serve each researcher as best we can. Being able to understand your research interests, specialty and publications help us in this task.

Our goal with this policy is to be as clear as possible. If you have any questions you are welcome to contact us at theabcjournal@gmail.com.

What personal data do we collect, and when do we collect it?

Information submitted on the TABCJ’s website is collected, stored and processed in India. By using our website and services, you agree to the transfer of your personal data as described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to such cross-border transfers of your personal data, please do not submit it through our website.

We may collect the following information:

  • Name and job title

  • Contact information including email addresses

  • Other information relevant to member and non-member surveys and/or offers

1. We collect data that you provide or authorize us to receive from third parties

TABCJ has a separate manuscript submission form for authors and a manuscript evaluation form for reviewers.

When you fill in those forms, you provide us with certain information, which becomes part of your profile with TABCJ. Some basic information is required for manuscript submission by the authors and manuscript evaluation by the reviewers, and you may choose to provide additional personal information. We also ask you if you wish to link other, publicly-available, information about your professional activities including articles published, awards received, etc. to share with TABCJ.

While filling up the forms, and any time after that, you choose how much information you wish to provide, based on the privacy options available in the form.

If you, as a user, undertake an activity with TABCJ, such as submitting, co-authoring, or reviewing an article, or becoming an editor, your contributions will be linked to your user profile. This approach maximizes impact for your professional achievements and credits you for your contributions.

You may respond to a promotion on another website by contacting us and expressing an interest in receiving communications or participating in a TABCJ initiative in your area of interest or expertise. We will retain the personal information you provide to us for this purpose.

You will have to mandatorily link your ORCiD profile with TABCJ for submitting a manuscript or for being a reviewer. Your ORCiD profile will be used to validate your identity as a researcher.

We may provide other linking services in the future to provide a better service to you.

2. We collect information when you visit our websites

When you visit any page on TABCJ websites, some technical information is automatically collected:

Geo-location data. We record (via IP addresses and time stamp) from where in the world you are accessing the article, research topic and profile pages on our websites. This does not identify any individual (unless you are a registered user and logged in) and allows us to consolidate this data to understand where readership is located, and to provide impact metrics services, such as for your article or research topic.

Log data. We record information, known as log data, including browser interaction data and other information that your device’s browser automatically sends to any website you visit. This log data includes your IP address, which browser you are using and its settings, the date and time of your request, and data on how you used our website, "cookie" data (we explain this below) and information about your device.

Device information. We collect information on the type of device you are using, its operating system, browser type and version and other information to enable us to ensure that our website operates properly with your device. This may include information unique to your device. The information your device sends to us depends on its manufacturer.

Website tracking and improvement data. We may log the manner in which visitors to our website navigate our website. This is done to improve the usability of our website and to track the success of our communications and promotions.

Browsing history of registered users on our websites. This enables us to understand better the interests of our registered users.

Third-party analytics. Please see the section below on Online Tracking concerning our use of Google Analytics.

Payment information. We or our relevant contractors may, depending on your choices, retain your payment information. Financial information may be collected online when individuals register for meetings, order publications or make payment for membership. The online forms are secured using SSL protocols. This encrypts the entered information during the transaction to protect the information from unauthorized access. The SSL certificates are provided by trusted and established certificate vendors. TABCJ does not store any financial information collected online.

3. We collect information from public and subscription sources on the research activities, publications and conference activities of researchers

TABCJ collects publicly-available information and information from subscription services on researchers, both registered and non-registered. Only information relevant to professional research activities is collected, such as name, institutional affiliation, contact details, publications, academic activities and specialisation(s), editorships and awards. This enables us to provide researchers with high-quality publishing services, such as identifying the most suited expert reviewers for articles or building world-class editorial boards.

4. We collect information on your interactions with TABCJ and with others on our platforms

Interactions with TABCJ

We remember interactions of registered and non-registered users with TABCJ. This may include emails received from you, acceptance of terms and conditions, your visits to the website, submission of content, acceptance of reviewer or editor roles, participation in the review process, acceptances and rejections of articles, TABCJ surveys you may complete and any other interaction between you and TABCJ.

Online Tracking

Google Analytics TABCJ uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google. Google Analytics uses cookies (see the section below on cookies) to allow us to analyse your use of our website. The information generated by the cookie regarding your use of this website will, as a rule, be transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the US. Information sent by TABCJ to Google Analytics does not personally identify any resident of Switzerland, the EU or EEA. In exceptional cases your full IP address may be transmitted to a server of Google in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on our behalf to analyse your use of our website, to compile reports on website activities and provide additional services relating to website use and internet use to the website operator. The IP address collected through Google Analytics from your browser will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

You may also prevent Google from collecting and storing information in cookies, from storing information about your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing such information by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available here.

For more information about Google Analytics and privacy, please refer to the Google Website.

What do we do with the information we collect

We use this information to understand your interests and provide you with excellent service, and for the following specific purposes:

  • Internal record keeping of your account

  • To improve our services to our members and others

  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, services, or other information, which we think you may find interesting using the contact information you have provided

  • We may contact you for market research purposes or to customize our website.

We use the information we collect to:

Provide services for you and to the research community, including creating and managing your account (for registered users), providing our publishing and networking services and providing relevant research-related news and information to you within your areas of expertise and interest

Invite you to participate in TABCJ activities, particularly to review relevant articles within your area of specialization, to contribute to cutting-edge research topics, and possibly to join an editorial board or to meet at a conference. The information we collect about your professional activities enables us to ensure that only relevant invitations are sent to you

Identify and disambiguate. To ensure that, where the same name is shared by more than one person, we are dealing with the right person in the publishing operations of our business

Comply with your privacy and email choices

Understand the user experience of our website and our editorial processes, in order to improve our services, website and processes, and to imagine new services, so that your experience with TABCJ can be the best possible

Understand the geographical locations and institutional affiliations of our users

Inform you of TABCJ activities, events and opportunities

Answer your queries and provide you with support and service

Conduct surveys aimed at providing you with a better service.

Advertising networks. We intend to participate in advertising networks administered by third parties, such as Google, Twitter and LinkedIn. These networks allow us to target our promotions to you by using data matching, demographic data, your stated or inferred interests and your browsing activity on our website, which is tracked over time by automated means such as cookies, web server logs and web beacons. The networks use the information gathered to show you advertisements and promotions tailored to your interests and specialization. The networks may also track your browsing on other websites that participate in the advertising network. We also track the effectiveness of our promotional and marketing activities via these networks. You may opt-out of participation in these activities.

Cookies. A cookie is a file that stores data on a user’s computer or returns it to the webserver. The data in the file is information a user has entered using an online form, or generic information about the visiting user, such as an IP address or browser type. A cookie can be either temporary (or session cookies) that last only for the duration of your visit or persistent which remains on your computer until they expire or are deleted, but ultimately the user is in control of it and how any cookie is stored through their web browser. TABCJ requires cookies to provide functionality in certain areas of the website. If cookies are not enabled, those areas will not function as intended and TABCJ will be unable to provide the full range of services to the user. TABCJ does not store any financial information in cookies.

Cookies do not themselves identify you, but we may link information identifying you (for example your IP address) to a cookie on your browser. We use cookies to:

  • Apply any preferences you may have indicated

  • Track your navigation of our website (without identifying you) so we can analyze the usability of our website and improve it, and so that we can understand your interests and thus only send you information relevant to you

  • Know if you are logged in when you move to another part of our website (for session management)

  • Keep you logged in from one session to the next, if you so choose

  • Secure your data when communicating with our website.

All TABCJ cookies are used only in the www.theabcjournal.com domain. We also use third-party analytics cookies such as Google and other third-party Analytics. For further information on this, please see the above sections on Google Analytics and Advertising Networks.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, if you do this, you may not be able to log in or use the full functionality of TABCJ’s website.

Links to other websites. Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, if you use these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you may provide while visiting such sites, and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.

We will not sell or distribute your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information which we think you may find of interest.

How and when we share information

When you register, some basic information, such as your name and institutional affiliation, is made public. You can choose whether to make any other registration or profile information public or not. Anyone, including non-registered users, can see the information you make public.

When we publish an article of which you are an author, your name is published with the article. This is part of the TABCJ mission to improve peer-review through transparency and accountability and to credit and acknowledge your contribution. Anyone can see your name in connection with that article. Your name and association with that article cannot be removed or deleted unless required by accepted scholarly publishing practice.

We use subcontractors, with appropriate data protection measures, to perform some of our processes. These include typesetting and copy-editing of articles and customer relationship management within TABCJ.

We would be working with numerous public research repositories, scholarly databases and other organizations (such as CLOCKSS, Crossref, DOAB (Directory of Open-Access Books), DOAJ (Directory of Open-Access Journals), MedLine, OpenAire, PubMed, PubMed Central, Scopus and Web of Science and other reputable scholarly repositories), to archive research articles and/or their metadata, as well as databases to enable plagiarism checks such as Turnitin and iThenticate, which provides additional discoverability and a further guarantee of a permanent record of those articles; or to enable plagiarism checks to be handled efficiently. With some repositories, only the metadata is provided, which includes information identifying the authors and reviewers of an article.

The use of tracking and custom audience methods, described elsewhere in this privacy policy, involve the sharing of information as described in those sections.

We may be required to share information with law enforcement agencies.

All data we collect, use and share are for the purpose of providing our services to you and to the research community.

How we protect your information

TABCJ is committed to ensuring your information is secure. TABCJ takes a variety of physical, electronic, managerial and administrative measures to provide an appropriate level of protection for your information to safeguard and secure against accidental, unlawful, or unauthorized access, loss, destruction, alteration, disclosure, or use of the information we collect online.

We define access rights to information and we use technology to limit access to those who are authorized. We ensure that our servers have adequate security. We control physical access to our premises. We have in place, and we apply, an IT and data security policy. We work to ensure that our contractors have in place appropriate security measures and process data in accordance with applicable laws.

Choices you have about your information

You have a number of choices concerning your personal information.

If you have furnished your information as an author or a reviewer, then a document with the complete information that you have furnished will be shared with you. You should review your personal information and you can write to us about what information you provide and how much of that information is made public, to what information you do not wish us to use, or to what information you want us to delete from our database.

You can manage the settings on your browser to change whether it accepts cookies and which cookies it accepts; you can also manually delete cookies. Please see the instructions of your device or browser provider for how to do this.

You have the right to:

  • be informed of the information we store concerning you. Our intention is to respond to any request for information within thirty days of the request

  • require that your information be corrected or deleted. If you are registered, you can update your registration information by logging in to your profile. TABCJ may consider it has an overriding need to retain all or some information in order to provide its services as a responsible publisher

  • object to us processing your information. You can ask us to stop using your information, including when we use your information to send you emails or promotional notifications concerning our services. If you opt-out of receiving promotional messages, we will continue to send service emails if you are registered with us

  • require us to send your data provided by you and stored by us to a third party, where this is technically feasible

  • complain to a data protection regulator.

Age limits

TABCJ is for professional researchers and those interested in science, and is for people aged 18 and over. People under the age of 18 should not register with TABCJ.

Where individuals aged less than 18 are involved in TABCJ for Young Minds, TABCJ only communicates with them via parents, guardians, teachers or science mentors. No personally identifiable information on any person whom we believe to be under 18 is stored by TABCJ.

How to raise questions or concerns concerning your personal data

If you have questions or concerns concerning TABCJ’s storage or use of your personal data, you can contact us at theabcjournal@gmail.com.

Amendments

If TABCJ make changes to this policy, those changes will come into effect upon their posting on our website. If changes involve any substantive change to your rights or possibilities, we will inform you via your registered email address or with a pop-up announcement the next time you visit our website, or by another appropriate method.