This website (“Site”) is owned and operated by Elsevier Inc., 1600 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA , 19103, USA, (“Elsevier”, “we,” “us” or “our”).
This Site automatically collects information on our server logs from your web browser regarding your use of the Site. Examples of information we collect automatically from all users include the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; and full Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) click stream data, including date and time, and content you viewed or searched for on the Site.
This Site also collects information through the use of “cookies.” Cookies are anonymous, unique alphanumeric identifiers sent to your browser from a web site’s computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. The type of information we collect as a result of a cookie being stored on your computer is specific to your computer. We use “session” cookies to collect information about your use of the Site (e.g., whether you are logged in) and to give you a more personalized browsing experience and help you navigate the Site more efficiently from page to page. These cookies are temporary and are deleted when you close your browser. We use “persistent” cookies to gather statistical information about repeat usage from your computer or workstation.
We collect and use, and may from time to time supply third parties with, this information only as anonymous, collective or aggregated user data for the purposes of usage analysis, quality control and administering and improving the Site.
You can prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or disable cookies altogether by accessing your browser’s preferences menu. If you choose to disable cookies altogether, you can use the Site but will not be able to register, login to the Site with a personal User Name and Password, or make use of the advanced personalization features of the Site, although the basic features and functionality offered to unregistered users of the Site will be possible to use.
We sometimes request users of the Site to provide personal information. The information collected from a user is strictly voluntary and may include contact information such as the user’s name, e-mail address, and postal address.
In order to access certain content and to make use of the full functionality and advanced personalization features of the Site such as customized content and taking tests, we may ask you to register and obtain a personal User Name and Password. You may be prompted to register when you:
The information collected from the registration form that is presented to users when they choose to register may include contact information such as the user's name, e-mail address, postal address, profession, medical specialty or interest area, and country (“Registration Information”). The Registration Information is linked directly to a personal User Name and Password chosen by the user and can only be retrieved by supplying the correct User Name and Password that is linked to that profile.
We use the personal information that you provide for such purposes as:
Access to your personal information is restricted to our employees, agents, representatives and service providers, such as our data processing and fulfillment operations, and entities for whom we are acting as an agent, licensee or publisher, such as societies and our affiliated companies, for the purposes set forth above.
With your consent, we also may share your personal information with our affiliated group companies and/or with non-affiliated third parties that wish to send you information about their products and services that may be of interest to you, and users who have consented to receive such information may receive communications from these third parties.
We will not otherwise disclose any personal information without your consent except under the following circumstances:
Registered Users may access their identified contact information and other Registration Information and correct any discrepancies or update information by logging in and amending the registration form at any time. The accuracy of such information is solely the responsibility of the user. No access is given to other data that may have been collected about users.
If you wish to cease receiving newsletters, alerts, special offers, promotions, or market research surveys from us, notify our Customer Service Department at the address or telephone number detailed below or use the “opt-out” or unsubscribe options or other means provided within the communications you receive. We reserve the right to notify you of changes or updates to the Site whenever necessary.
We retain the personal information we collect from you for as long as the information is relevant to our business purposes or until you request that we remove the data by contacting our Customer Service Department at the address or telephone number detailed below.
We recognize that your privacy is important to you, and therefore we endeavour to keep your personal information confidential. The personal and demographic information about each user is stored on our servers that are behind a firewall and physically housed within a secured data center. Furthermore, our internal practices help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to and use of such information. However, we do not represent, warrant, or guarantee that your personal information will be protected against unauthorized access, loss, misuse, or alterations, and do not accept any liability for the security of such information submitted to us nor for your or third parties' use or misuse of such information.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this privacy
policy, please contact our Customer Service Department at:
3251 Riverport Lane
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Tel: +1 (800) 401-9962 (Toll-free number) for Customers within the US and Canada
Tel: +1 (314) 997-1176 for Customers outside US and Canada
Fax: +1 (314) 997-5080
Last Revised: April 20, 2007