Privacy Statement

Our Submission and Peer Review System offers the services of peer review, content preparation and proofing, publication, and dissemination of research. In order to use the aforementioned services you have to set up an initial account. Where optional paid services may be engaged, you will be prompted to set up an additional account, or enhance an existing account.

With regard to the registration of an account and its subsequent use, we process the following information:

  • Information that is provided by registration such as your name, user name, and email address;
  • Information in connection with an account sign-in facility, e.g. log-in and password details;
  • Communications sent by you, e.g. via e-mail or website communication forms;
  • Content files and covering letters provided by you;
  • Grants, funding, membership, institution, society, committee registration, etc.;
  • Billing or invoicing information;
  • Information received from societies we work with, e.g. address, name, email address.

The information that is necessary for the performance of the service is labelled accordingly.

We will process the personal data you provide in order to:

  • Identify you at sign-in;
  • Administer your account;
  • Provide you with the services and information offered through the Submission and Peer Review System or which you additionally request;
  • Communicate with you;
  • Process payments;
  • Communicate with you in your capacity as a current or potential Peer Reviewer, Editorial Board Member, or external Editor to provide information about the journal (s) and content you have worked on; you can stop these communications to you as a Peer Reviewer, Editorial Board Member, or external Editor at any time by clicking the link in each email or contacting Customer Service at Stopping these communications will not affect your status as Peer Reviewer, Editorial Board Member or external Editor with respect to the journal;
    • Create a profile of your publication record based on publicly available data, such as published books and articles, citations and grants awarded. This information will not be used to determine article acceptance, nor will it be used for automated decision making. This information will be used to personalise communications and provide you with the latest news about our products and services:
  • To ensure the accuracy of content attribution and the quality and integrity of the peer review process;
  • To provide you with e-alerts.


Your personal account registration data is, in the absence of exceptions within the specific services mentioned, retained for as long as your account is used. Non-activity is defined at a minimum of three years, to facilitate ease-of-return for account holders. Content and communications, associated with submissions, reviews or decisions made by an account holder is held for a period of 12 months following final decision before being stored within long term limited-access archiving. Content may be engaged in relation to the services provided and in the interests of the integrity of published material. The need for legal actions within the services or payment problems can lead to a longer retention of your personal data.

In order to ensure the high quality of our journal as well as the significance of the scientific research published, we have implemented a peer review procedure.

In order to find and contact suitable and qualified peer reviewers within the relevant research community, editorial team members may process some of your basic personal data (i.e. Email address, name and research interest) to register you for our Peer Review System. 

As a Peer Reviewer or external Editorial Board Member we will contact you from time to time about the journal and content that you have worked on.

If you do not wish to be contacted any longer, you can contact us at Please note that we may keep some of your personal data to recall your explicit wish to not be contacted for any peer review procedure in the future and thus, to prevent any future processing of your data in this regard. The legal basis for this is our and your legitimate interest in recalling your wish and preventing any future contact.