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Online Journal Guidelines for Institutional Access:           Frequently Asked Questions


The following guidelines provide Institutional Subscribers with a set of simple, fair rules governing rights and limitations for Internet access of online versions of Publisher's journals ("Journals") by Authorized Users. These guidelines supersede any prior understanding between the Publisher and the Institutional Subscriber regarding user access to Journals.

Access to the Journals is granted for all Authorized Users on the following conditions:
- Publisher's acceptance of the Institutional Subscriber's completed order; and
- Receipt of the required subscription fee.

"Authorized Users" are authenticated, authorized current full and part time students, employees (including faculty, staff, affiliated researchers and independent contractors), and other individuals who have permission to use the public computers at the location that receives the printed copy of the journal.

In consideration of the payment of the appropriate subscription fee, the Institutional Subscriber and the Publisher agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

1  The Institutional Subscriber will undertake all necessary authentication and verification processes to ensure that only Authorized Users can access Journals.

2  The Publisher maintains Journals as a service to its members and the scientific/technical/ medical community. The Publisher holds the copyright for all works published in Journals, as a compilation and as to the individual articles, collectively and individually, unless otherwise expressly noted.

3  All use of Journal content is subject to applicable Copyright law and reproduction of Journal content is allowed only as follows:
a  Downloading: Downloading and printing of content for personal, non-commercial use is permissible. Systematic downloading is forbidden.
b  Commercial Redistribution: No commercial use (e.g. downloading, posting of a file, or printing to resell or distribute) of any articles is permitted without prior, express written permission of the Publisher.

4  Institutional Subscriber agrees to the following:

a  The Institutional Subscriber is responsible for creating and maintaining reasonable security measures, and posting policies consistent with the rights and restrictions described in these guidelines to ensure that only Authorized Users can access Journals. The Institutional Subscriber is prohibited from making agreements for access to the Journals with individuals, organizations, vendors, affiliates, or partners, which are not parts of the same institution purchasing this subscription. The Institutional Subscriber affirms that all IP addresses in the range listed for authorization are specifically controlled by the institution for workstations under its administrative control and for the use of individuals who meet the Authorized User definition above. The Institutional Subscriber is responsible for maintaining the list of IP addresses of all Authorized Users.

b  If the Institutional Subscriber becomes aware of unauthorized access to Journals, it will notify Publisher immediately and cooperate in locating and attempting to stop the specific individuals who are abusing the service. If the specific abuser(s) cannot be identified or stopped, the Publisher has the right to withhold, suspend, or terminate access to all or any portion of the Journal(s)' web site, without liability.

c  The Institutional Subscriber agrees not to remove, cover, overlay, obscure, block, or change any copyright notices, legends, or terms of use which the Publisher may post on the site in order to inform users about system features, terms of use, or copyright notices.

5  SUBSCRIPTION ACCESS: The Publisher provides Journal access only for the term of this subscription; and does not undertake to ensure future access to the online archives once the subscription term has expired. The Publisher intends to retain full-text versions of all articles for all past issues posted online and to continue to make this database available to all currently active subscribers. However, because Publisher cannot be certain of future technology, storage, or maintenance costs, this access cannot be guaranteed. The Publisher reserves the right to remove all or portions of the archive of past issues. Only current subscribers may access materials under access control.

6  TECHNICAL ACCESS: The Publisher intends for the site to be available 24-hours per day, 7 days per week. However, the Publisher WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OR REFUNDS SHOULD THE SITE BECOME UNAVAILABLE TEMPORARILY OR ACCESS TO THE SITE BECOMES SLOW OR INCOMPLETE due to system back-up procedures, internet traffic volume, upgrades, overload of requests to the servers, general network failures or delays, or any other cause which may from time to time make the site inaccessible for the library's users.

7  WARRANTY: While the Publisher seeks to ensure the accuracy of content posted online, the Publisher DOES NOT WARRANT OR GUARANTEE ITS ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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