PRIVACY STATEMENT

  

1. By using the DiscoverSys and associated sites you agree to be bound by these terms of use which form a binding contract between you and DiscoverSys Inc., hereafter called DiscoverSys. You also confirm that you understand that these terms must be read and understood in conjunction with our other more specific policies, such as Privacy Policy, Advertising Policy and Editorial Policy.

2. Other sites owned by DiscoverSys Inc., including journals published by DiscoverSys Inc., refer to this website as their source of policies and terms of use (collectively hereafter called “DiscoverSys Journals websites”). Such DiscoverSys Journals websites are therefore all subject to the terms of use of this page of the DiscoverSys Journals website.

3. Certain parts of the DiscoverSys Journals websites may be subject to registration with additional terms of use, which will be made available for you to read at the time of registration.

4. Unless otherwise indicated, the DiscoverSys Journals websites and its contents are the property of DiscoverSys Inc. The copyright in the material contained on the DiscoverSys Journals websites belongs to DiscoverSys Inc. or its licensors. The trademarks appearing on the DiscoverSys Journals websites are protected by the laws of Canada and the international trademark laws. Save as expressly set out herein, no license is granted in respect of any intellectual property rights vested in DiscoverSys Inc. or other third parties.

5. All articles published by DiscoverSys Journals marked ‘open access’ are licensed by the respective authors of such articles for publication by DiscoverSys Inc., and use and distribution by you, subject to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, unless specified otherwise.

6. With the exception of material marked ‘open access’, which may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution license, you may not redistribute any of the content of any DiscoverSys Journals websites or create a database in electronic form or manually by downloading and storing any such content without the prior authorization of DiscoverSys Inc.

7. With the exception of material that is marked ‘open access’, which may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution license, you may link to but not replicate the content on any DiscoverSys Journals websites, provided you do not create a frame or any other bordered environment around the content and provided that any such linking does not imply any endorsement of any product or services, and provided further that the website linking to any DiscoverSys Journals website does not contain any intellectual property right, including without limitation copyright, trademark, design right or patent, infringing, distasteful or offensive material. DiscoverSys Inc. reserves the right to require you to remove any link to any DiscoverSys Journals site.

8. The DiscoverSys Journals websites, with their content, are provided for use ‘as is’. DiscoverSys Inc. makes no representations or warranties with respect to the content of these sites. All warranties, express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, satisfactory quality and fitness for purpose relating to the sites and/or their content and/or any website linked to be hereby to the fullest extent permitted by law. No representations or warranties are given as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on DiscoverSys Journals sites, or any website to which they are linked.

9. In no event shall DiscoverSys Inc. or its employees, agents, suppliers or contractors be liable for any damages of any nature, including without limitation any consequential loss, loss of income or profit, loss of or damage to property, claims of third parties, or any other loss, cost, claim or expense of any kind or character arising out of or in connection with the use of DiscoverSys Journals websites, its content or any website with which they are linked. This exclusion and limitation only applies to the extent permitted by law and does not apply to liability for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of DiscoverSys Inc., its employees, agents, suppliers or contractors..

10. DiscoverSys Inc. reserves the right to change these terms of use by posting changes on this page of the DiscoverSys Journals website. You will be deemed to have accepted such changes if you use the DiscoverSys Journals websites, after DiscoverSys Inc. has published the amended terms of use on this page of the DiscoverSys Journals website.

  1.  This policy sets out how we handle your personal information if you’re an DiscoverSys customer or visitor to our journal sites. It applies across all sites managed by DiscoverSys (the “Sites”).
  2. When we say ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘DiscoverSys’ it’s because that’s who we are and we own and run the Sites.
  3. If we say ‘policy’ we’re talking about this privacy policy. If we say ‘user terms’ we’re talking about the rules for using each of the Sites. The rules vary by product and each product makes them separately available and seeks consent to them separately to this policy.

The type of personal information we collect

  1. We collect certain personal information about visitors and users of our Sites.
  2. The most common types of information we collect include things like: user-names, author names, email addresses, IP addresses, other contact details, survey responses, blogs, photos, payment information such as payment agent details, transactional details, tax information, support queries, forum comments, content you direct us to make available on our Sites (such as item descriptions) and web analytics data. We will also collect personal information from job applications (such as, your CV, the application form itself, cover letter and interview notes).

How we collect personal information

  1. We collect personal information directly when you provide it to us, automatically as you navigate through the Sites, or through other people when you use services associated with the Sites.
  2. We collect your personal information when you provide it to us when you complete membership registration and buy or provide items or services on our Sites, subscribe to a newsletter, email list, submit feedback, enter a contest, fill out a survey, or send us a communication.

Personal information we collect about you from others

  1. Although we generally collect personal information directly from you, on occasion, we also collect certain categories of personal information about you from other sources. In particular:
    1. financial and/or transaction details from payment providers located in the US, UK, and Canada in order to process a transaction;
    2. third party service providers (like Google, Facebook) who are located in the US or UK, which may provide information about you when you link, connect, or login to your account with the third party provider and they send us information such as your registration and profile from that service, this only occurs if you are using one of the DiscoverSys journals. The information varies and is controlled by that service provider or as authorized by you via your privacy settings at that service provider; and
    3. other third party sources/ and or partners from Canada, US or UK, whereby we receive additional information about you (to the extent permitted by applicable law), such as demographic data or fraud detection information, and combine it with information we have about you. For example, fraud warnings from service providers like identity verification service. We also receive information about you and your activities on and off the DiscoverSys platform through partnerships, or about your experiences and interactions from our partner ad networks. We also receive information about you as a rights holder from our third party authors. For example, information in the form of a model release when your image is used in an item made available on our Sites.

How we use personal information

  1. We will use your personal information:
    1. To fulfil a contract, or take steps linked to a contract: in particular, in facilitating and processing transactions that take place on the Sites, like where you purchase an item from our marketplace.
    2. Where this is necessary for purposes which are in our, or third parties, legitimate interests. These interests include:
      1. operating the Sites;
      2. providing you with services described on the Sites;
      3. verifying your identity when you sign in to any of our Sites;
      4. responding to support tickets, and helping facilitate the resolution of any disputes;
      5. updating you with operational news and information about our Sites and services e.g. to notify you about changes to our Sites, website disruptions or security updates;
      6. carrying out technical analysis to determine how to improve the Sites and services we provide;
      7. monitoring activity on the Sites, e.g. to identify potential fraudulent activity and to ensure compliance with the user terms that apply to the Sites;
      8. managing our relationship with you, e.g. by responding to your comments or queries submitted to us on the Sites or asking for your feedback or whether you want to participate in a survey;
      9. managing our legal and operational affairs (including, managing risks relating to content and fraud matters);
      10. training DiscoverSys staff about how to best serve our user community;
      11. improving our products and services.
      12. providing general administrative and performance functions and activities; and
      13. processing your job application to DiscoverSys.
    3. Where you give us consent:
      1. providing you with marketing information about products and services which we feel may interest you; and
      2. customising our services and websites, like advertising that appear on the Site – where this involves the use of cookies or similar technologies – in order to provide a more personalised experience.
    4. For purposes which are required by law.
    5. For the purpose of responding to requests by government, a court of law, or law enforcement authorities conducting an investigation.

When we disclose your personal information

  1. We will disclose personal information to the following recipients:
    1. companies that are in the DiscoverSys group which are located in Canada;
    2. authors of any items or services made available to you, so they can facilitate support and license validation, who maybe located in any of the countries our products are available in;
    3. subcontractors and service providers who assist us in connection with the ways we use personal information (as set out above), in particular: website hosting providers which are located in Australia, US and UK; technical and customer support services which are located in Australia, Canada, Philippines, Poland, Mexico, Romania, UK and the US; recruitment agencies which are located in Australia, US and Mexico; marketing and analytics services which are located in the US; security and fraud prevention services which are located in the US; subscription management services which are located in the US; payment processing services which are located in the US, UK and Australia; identification verification services located in the UK; and operational tooling services which are located in the US. Noting that our subcontractors and services providers may also transfer and access such information from other countries in which they have operations.
    4. our professional advisers (lawyers, accountants, financial advisers etc.) which are located in Australia, UK, USA;
    5. regulators and government authorities in connection with our compliance procedures and obligations;
    6. a purchaser or prospective purchaser of all or part of our assets or our business, and their professional advisers, in connection with the purchase;
    7. a third party to respond to requests relating to a criminal investigation or alleged or suspected illegal activity;
    8. a third party, in order to enforce or defend our rights, or to address financial or reputational risks;
    9. a rights holder in relation to an allegation of intellectual property infringement or any other infringement; and
    10. other recipients where we are authorised or required by law to do so.

Where we transfer and/or store your personal information

  1. We are based in Australia so your data will be processed in Australia and the US. Some of the recipients we have described in section 10 above, and to whom we disclose your personal information, are based outside Australia in places like Canada, Ireland, Philippines, Poland, Romania, UK, and the US. We do this on the basis of your consent to this policy.In order to protect your information, we take care where possible to work with subcontractors and service providers who we believe maintain an acceptable standard of data security compliance.

How we keep your personal information secure

  1. We store personal information on secure servers that are managed by us and our service providers, and occasionally hard copy files that are kept in a secure location in Australia, Ireland and the US. Personal information that we store or transmit is protected by security and access controls, including username and password authentication, two-factor authentication, and data encryption where appropriate.

How you can access your personal information

  1. You can access some of the personal information that we collect about you by logging in to your account. You also have the right to make a request to access other personal information we hold about you and to request corrections of any errors in that data. You can also close the account you have with us for any of our Sites at any time. To make an access or correction request, contact our privacy champion using the contact details at the end of this policy.

Marketing Choices regarding your personal information

  1. Where we have your consent to do so (e.g. if you have subscribed to one of our e-mail lists or have indicated that you are interested in receiving offers or information from us), we send you marketing communications by email about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you. You can ‘opt-out’ of such communications if you would prefer not to receive them in the future by using the “unsubscribe” facility provided in the communication itself.
  2. You also have choices about cookies, as described below. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies some parts of our Sites may not work properly in your case.

Cookies (not the type you eat!) and web analytics

  1. For more information about how we use cookies, web beacons and similar technologies see our cookie policy here and for more general information on cookies, see http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
  2. When you visit our Sites, there’s certain information that’s recorded which is generally anonymous information and does not reveal your identity. If you’re logged into your account some of this information could be associated with your account. We’re talking about the following kinds of details:
    1. your IP address or proxy server IP address’;
    2. the domain name you requested;
    3. the name of your internet service provider is sometimes captured depending on the configuration of your ISP connection;
    4. the date and time of your visit to the website;
    5. the length of your session;
    6. the pages which you have accessed;
    7. the number of times you access our site within any month;
    8. the file URL you look at and information relating to it;
    9. the website which referred you to our Sites; and
    10. the operating system which your computer uses.
  3. Occasionally, we will use third party advertising companies to serve ads based on prior visits to our Sites. For example, if you visit our Sites, you may later see an add for our products and services when you visit a different Site. 

Information about children

  1. Our Sites are not suitable for children under the age of 16 years, so if you are under 16 we ask that you do not use our Sites or give us your personal information (if you are a young tech wiz, please direct your nearest responsible adult to use the Sites for you!). If you are from 16 to 18 years, you can browse the Sites but you’ll need the supervision of a parent or guardian to become a registered user. It’s the responsibility of parents or guardians to monitor their children’s use of our Sites.

Information you make public or give to others

  1. If you make your personal information available to other people, we can’t control or accept responsibility for the way they will use or manage that data. There are lots of ways that you can find yourself providing information to other people, like when you post a public message on a forum thread, share information via social media, or make contact with another user (such as a third party Author) whether via our Sites or directly via email. Before making your information publicly available or giving your information to anyone else, think carefully. If giving information to another user via our Sites, ask them how they will handle your information. If you’re sharing information via another website, check the privacy policy for that site to understand its information management practices as this privacy policy will not apply.

How long we keep your personal information

  1. We retain your personal information for as long as is necessary to provide the services to you and others, and to comply with our legal obligations. If you no longer want us to use your personal information or to provide you with the DiscoverSys services, you can request that we erase your personal information and close your DiscoverSys or its journals account. Please note that if you request the erasure of your personal information we will retain information from deleted accounts as necessary for our legitimate business interests, to comply with the law, prevent fraud, collect fees, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with investigations, enforce the terms of service and take other actions permitted by law. The information we retain will be handled in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

When we need to update this policy

  1. We will need to change this policy from time to time in order to make sure it stays up to date with the latest legal requirements and any changes to our privacy management practices.
  2. When we do change the policy, we’ll make sure to notify you about such changes, where required. A copy of the latest version of this policy will always be available on this page.

How you can contact us

  1. If you have any questions about our privacy practices or the way in which we have been managing your personal information, please contact our privacy champion in writing at 3658 Atkinson Loop SW, Edmonton, Alberta T6W 0X1 Canada or info@discoversys.com
  2. We’re really glad you made it to the end of the privacy policy, because knowing this stuff is the best way to understand how your personal information is used and how to best manage it!

If you’re a user or visitor in the European Economic Area these rights also apply to you:

  1. For the purposes of applicable EU data protection law (including the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), we are a ‘data controller’ of your personal information.

How you can access your personal information

  1. You are also entitled to ask us to port your personal information (i.e. to transfer in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, to you), to erase it, or restrict its processing. You also have rights to object to some processing that is based on our legitimate interests, such as profiling that we perform for the purposes of direct marketing, and, where we have asked for your consent to process your data, to withdraw this consent as more fully described below.
  2. These rights are limited in some situations – for example, we can demonstrate that we have a legal requirement to process your personal information. In some instances, this means that we may retain some data even if you withdraw your consent.
  3. Where we require your personal information to comply with legal or contractual obligations, then provision of such data is mandatory: if such data is not provided, then we will not be able to manage our contractual relationship with you, or to meet obligations placed on us. In all other cases, provision of requested personal information is optional.
  4. If you have unresolved concerns you also have the right to complain to data protection authorities. The relevant data protection authority will be the data protection authority of the country: (i) of your habitual residence; (ii) of your place of work; or (iii) in which you consider the alleged infringement has occurred.

Both personal information and personal data have the same meaning in the context of this Privacy Policy.

DiscoverSys Privacy Policy, effective date 25 May 2018

ADVERTISING POLICY

We believe in the highest ethical standards of publishing.

The purpose of our advertising and sponsorship policy is to clearly separate the editorial and commercial functions. Commercial functions include banner advertising, sponsored content, newsletter advertising and any other paid services that may be offered by any one of DiscoverSys Inc. sites.

EDITORIAL POLICY

PEER REVIEW POLICY


DiscoverSys Journals recognizes the value and importance of the peer reviewer in the overall publication process – not only in shaping the individual manuscript, but also in shaping the credibility and reputation of our journals. We are committed to the timely publication of all original, innovative contributions submitted for publication. As such, the identification and selection of reviewers who have expertise and interest in the topics appropriate to each manuscript are essential elements in ensuring a timely, productive peer-review process. If you would like to become a reviewer, please visit the relevant journal website and register as a reviewer.

Please note : Peer reviewers are asked to make every reasonable effort to ensure the following criteria are taken into account for the submitted manuscripts they have agreed to peer review:

All manuscripts submitted for review will undergo a double-blind review process in order to maintain confidentiality.

Unbiased consideration should be given to each manuscript, judging each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority or institutional affiliation of the author.

Manuscripts should be dealt with and processed according to the timeframes set out by DiscoverSys Journals.

Potential conflicts of interest must be declared to the journal editor before undertaking any peer review. If any conflicts do exist, the reviewer should decline the review request.

All of the reviewers’ judgments must be explained and supported. Any statement that an observation, derivation or argument has been previously reported must be accompanied by the relevant citation.

While the content of a manuscript may justify criticism, even severe criticism, under no circumstances is personal or malicious criticism of the author appropriate or acceptable.

Reviewers may be asked to re-appraise a manuscript that was referred back to the authors after a first-round review.

In cases where reviewers provide substantively different ratings, a manuscript will be sent to an arbitrator for a final verdict.

Reviewers should always respect the confidentiality of the review process and the proprietary rights of those who have submitted manuscripts.

Reviewers may decline the request to review the work of others if they believe the process may be biased or if they have questions about the authenticity or integrity of the reported research.


If you would like to become a reviewer, please visit the following link (click here) for an instructional video on how to conduct a review online through the OJS software. This will serve as guideline on how to complete your review online. Following the review, the editor will evaluate the review reports and make a final decision. The outcome will be categorized as one of the following:

Acceptable as is (apart from editorial changes)

Acceptable, but requires minor revision (to the satisfaction of the editor)

Requires major revision and reconsideration (Requires re-review)

Reject, not acceptable for publication in the journal.

Pictures used in DiscoverSys website:
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