Privacy and Cookies Policy
References to “IOP” mean the Institute of Physics and/or IOP Publishing Limited as appropriate.
Information Collection, Security and Use
IOP collects information from users at several different points on this web site. This is for customer service purposes and IOP also collects data so that it can customise this web site according to individual selections.
Save where otherwise stated, IOP is the controller of the personal data collected from this web site. In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, IOP follows strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of personal data which users provide to it, to prevent unauthorised access. Save where it has a user's express consent, it will not sell, share, or rent this information to others, except that it may make the information available to other companies within its group and/or to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), on whose behalf IOP publishes this website.
In order to receive and/or access some services, users have to complete a registration form. During registration, a user is required to give contact information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact the user about the services for which they have expressed interest and also other goods, services and features IOP believes that users will find interesting. It is optional for the user to provide demographic information and unique identifiers, but it is encouraged so that IOP can provide a more personalised experience. If a user chooses not to provide such information then he or she may not be able to access parts of this website. A user may contact IOP about use of his or her personal information, edit it on this web site and/or tell IOP not to use it in certain ways by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com.
What are Cookies?
This Website may place small text files, called cookies, on your computer to distinguish you from other users of this Website. These cookies monitor how you use this Website so that IOP can make improvements, and are also used to give you the best user experience (for example by remembering your login details so that you do not have to enter them each time). Some cookies may also be placed by third parties, for example Facebook and Google, if you use their services via this Website to monitor how you use their services and also to target relevant advertising to you when you visit other websites on which they advertise.
In most cases, cookies do not contain personally identifiable data.
What cookies may be placed?
This Website may use the following types of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies (Type 1): these cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around this Website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of this Website. Without these cookies, certain services you have asked for cannot be provided.
- Analytical/performance cookies (Type 2): these cookies allow IOP to recognise and count the number of visits to this Website and to see how visitors move around this Website when they are using it, so that we can improve how this Website works. These cookies do not collect personally identifiable information.
- Functionality cookies (Type 3): these cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience; for example, your user name, language or region.
- Targeting cookies (Type 4): these cookies are placed by third parties to collect information about your browsing habits when you elect to use their services, in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.
You can find out more information about the individual cookies actually used on this Website by viewing the IOP Cookie Directory which is updated regularly.
How do I opt-out of cookies?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. You should note that deleting certain cookies may prevent you from accessing certain parts of this Website and/or may affect your user experience.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, and not just this Website, visit: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
IOP uses IP addresses to analyse trends, administer this web site, track user'smovements and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.
This web site contains links to third party web sites. Please be aware that IOP is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other web sites. It encourages its users to read the privacy statements of these third party sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by IOP web sites.
Surveys and Contests
From time-to-time this web site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose any information requested. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and delivery address) and demographic information. Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for the purposes of monitoring or improving the functionality of this web site.
Correcting/Updating Personal Data
If a user's personal data changes (such as his or her postcode), or if a user no longer desires IOP's service, IOP will correct, update or remove that user's personal data provided to it. This can usually be done by the user within the personalization options of this web site or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notification of Changes