Policies

Privacy Policy

    iStar ("iStar") operates istardb.org and may operate other websites. It is iStar's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

    Like most website operators, iStar collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. iStar's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how iStar's visitors use its website. From time to time, iStar may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
    iStar also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on istardb.org blogs/sites. iStar only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

    Certain visitors to iStar's websites choose to interact with iStar in ways that require iStar to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that iStar gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at istardb.org to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with iStar are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, iStar collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor's interaction with iStar. iStar does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

    iStar may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. iStar may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, iStar does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

    iStar discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on iStar's behalf or to provide services available at iStar's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using iStar's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. iStar will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, iStar discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when iStar believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of iStar, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an iStar website and have supplied your email address, iStar may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with iStar and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. iStar takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

    A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. iStar uses cookies to help iStar identify and track visitors, their usage of iStar website, and their website access preferences. iStar visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using iStar's websites, with the drawback that certain features of iStar's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

    If iStar, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that iStar goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of iStar may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

    Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by iStar and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

    Although most changes are likely to be minor, iStar may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in iStar's sole discretion. iStar encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a istardb.org account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Metadata Policy

for information describing items in the repository
  1. Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
  2. The metadata may be re-used in any medium without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes provided the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record are given.
  3. The metadata must not be re-used in any medium for commercial purposes without formal permission.

Data Policy

for full-text and other full data items
  1. Anyone may access full items free of charge.
  2. Copies of full items generally can be:
    • displayed or performed, and given to third parties
    • for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
    provided:
    • the authors, title and full bibliographic details are given
    • a hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page
    • the content is not changed in any way
  3. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.

Content Policy

for types of document & data set held
  1. This is an institutional or departmental repository.
  2. Subject Specialities: Physics and Astronomy
  3. The repository holds all types of materials.
  4. Deposited items may include:
    • working drafts
    • submitted versions (as sent to journals for peer-review)
    • accepted versions (author's final peer-reviewed drafts)
    • published versions (publisher-created files)
  5. Items are individually tagged with:
    • their version type and date.
    • their peer-review status.
    • their publication status.
  6. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy

concerning depositors, quality & copyright
  1. Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the organisation, or their delegated agents.
  2. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
  3. The administrator only vets items for the eligibility of authors/depositors, relevance to the scope of the repository, valid layout & format, and the exclusion of spam
  4. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  5. Items can be deposited at any time, but will not be made publicly visible until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired.
  6. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
  7. If the repository receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.

Preservation Policy

  1. Items will be retained indefinitely.
  2. The repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
    • Items will be migrated to new file formats where necessary.
    • Where possible, software emulations will be provided to access un-migrated formats.
  3. The repository is working with external partners to:
    • convert or migrate file formats
    • develop and implement software emulations for old file formats
    • record preservation metadata
    • backup items in external archives
  4. The repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
  5. The original bit stream is retained for all items, in addition to any upgraded formats.
  6. Items may not normally be removed from the repository.
  7. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    • Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    • Legal requirements and proven violations
    • National Security
    • Falsified research
  8. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view.
  9. Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely.
  10. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.
  11. Changes to deposited items are not permitted.
  12. Errata and corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required.
  13. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
    • The item's persistent URL will always link to the latest version.
  14. In the event of the repository being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.