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Online: Terms and Conditions of Usage


Access to papers published in the current year is restricted to institutions with a combined print and electronic or electronic only subscription to Cell Biology International. Access to the archive of Cell Biology International online is restricted to subscribers.

Use of the Cell Biology International Online is governed by the following terms and conditions.

1. Copyright

The International Federation for Cell Biology is the sole owner of Cell Biology International; for purposes of convenience, the copyright is taken out in the name of Portland Press Limited (hereinafter called the Publisher), unless otherwise noted in individual articles.

Portland Press warrants that it has the authority to make available Cell Biology International and that it has secured all rights and permissions necessary to enable authorized users to utilize such materials in compliance with this licence.

Portland Press Limited is the wholly owned subsidiary of the Biochemical Society.

2. The Licence

Subject to the terms and conditions of this agreement and upon payment of the annual subscription fee, Portland Press grants to the Institution/personal subscriber a one-year, non-transferable licence for access to all materials included in the online version of Cell Biology International (hereinafter called the Journal).

3. Terms of access

This licence will cover access, during the calendar year for which a subscription has been paid, to the full database of the Journal, including: tables of contents, abstracts, full text and graphics of all articles, including multi-media adjuncts where appropriate, in the current year and to any previous years, where available.

Access to the current year of the Journal shall be controlled through the use of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Institutional subscribers are responsible for ensuring that the Publisher has been supplied with a valid IP address (a registration form is provided for this purpose). Valid IP addresses cannot include publicly accessible proxy or cache servers.

This will permit an authorized user from an authorized IP address to have access to the current year of the Journal. Institutional subscribers should notify the Publisher within 30 days of any changes in registration data or IP addresses.

4. Definitions

For the purposes of this licence, an institution is defined as: a one contiguous campus community and network, including any halls of residence of faculty, staff or students; or, in the commercial sector, e.g. pharmaceutical companies, one contiguous commercial office complex.

Authorized users include faculty (visiting or permanent), students and staff of the institution, and any on-site users, which may include the general public, of the institution's library and campus computer networks.

5. Multi-site or consortium access

Extended licences for multi-site institutions and consortia are available; please contact licensing@portland-services.com for further information.

6. Use of the journal: what authorized users are allowed to do

  • Any authorized user may: search, retrieve, save, download and print out copies of individual articles or other items from the database of the Journal for their scholarly, educational, research or personal use.
  • Authorized users may only transmit articles or other items from the database to other authorized users.
  • Authorized users may make multiple copies of any items from the database or from the hard copy of the Journal for inclusion in course packs, which may then be distributed to other authorized users, provided that such copies are only used for teaching purposes within the institution and that no charge is made for such copies. Such items must bear the following notice: the International Federation for Cell Biology (year of publication).

7. Interlibrary loan

The institution may supply to an authorised user of another library by post, fax or ARIEL, whereby the electronic file is deleted immediately after printing, a single paper copy of an electronic document, for the purposes of research or private study.

8. Usage restrictions: what authorized users are NOT allowed to do

  1. Downloading of entire issues of the Journal is not allowed.
  2. Items from the database may not be copied or distributed for commercial advantage or if any fees or charges are made in connection with such items.
  3. Material from the Journal may not be translated, altered, re-compiled, manipulated or used to prepare derivative works, or published in any other format in any medium without written permission from Portland Press Limited.
  4. The authors' names or publisher's copyright notices or other means of identification must not be removed from or altered as they appear in the Journal.
  5. Items from the database may not be mounted or distributed on any electronic network, including without limitation the Internet and the World Wide Web.

The Publisher reserves the right to terminate the access of any authorized user in breach of the above restrictions.

9. Unauthorized usage

An institution will not be held liable to the Publisher for unauthorized use of the Journal provided that: such use is without the express or implied consent of the institution; and, in addition, that the institution shall promptly notify the Publisher of any known infringements of copyright, or any other such unauthorized activity, of which it becomes aware.

In addition, institutional subscribers shall take all reasonable steps to prevent or to cease such activity and to prevent any recurrence thereof.

10. Disclaimers

There is no guarantee that the information contained in Cell Biology International Online is identical to the print version.

The Publisher does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the online version of the Journal, or its merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

The Publisher will have no liability to any person for any loss or damage arising out of use of, or inability to use, the online version of the Journal.

The Publisher shall make all reasonable endeavours to make its server available to an institution on a 24-h basis, with the exception of normal server administration and down time.

If access is suspended or interrupted, owing to circumstances beyond the Publisher's control, liability shall be limited to restoring access as soon as is practicable.

The Publisher reserves the right to modify the terms of this agreement immediately by providing notice online and directly to institutions by electronic and conventional mail. Continued use of the online Journal for more than 30 days after such notice shall constitute acceptance of such modification.

11. Termination of the licence

The Publisher may terminate this licence for the electronic version of the Journal, for any breach of this agreement, by providing the institution with written notice in paper or electronic form. No refund will be provided upon such termination.

12. Term of the agreement

This agreement shall continue until the later of 31 December in any particular year or 30 days after publication of the last issue of the year for which an institutional subscription is held.

If you have any questions regarding the use of the online version of the Journal, please send email to: licensing@portland-services.com

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ISSN Print: 1065-6995
ISSN Electronic: 1095-8355
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