By using a Website which is owned or controlled by Sapporo Medical Journal or its co-owners or licensors you agree to be bound by these Terms. You are responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and that they comply with them. If you do not accept these Terms, you should not use this Website. Any reference to you or your is a reference to you as a user of a Website.
We may make changes to these Terms
We may revise these Terms from time to time. It is your responsibility to check these Terms periodically for any changes. Your continued use of any Website will mean that you agree to any changes. These Terms were most recently updated on 8 May 2020.
Accounts and passwords
If you choose, or you are provided with, a username, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable your access if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of these Terms.
Intellectual property rights
The content, layout, design, data, databases, trademarks, logos and graphics on the Website are owned by Sapporo Medical Journal (and our licensors) and protected by intellectual property laws. Any rights not expressly granted in these Terms are reserved.
Using our Websites
You may use our Websites for personal and lawful purposes only. You may download and print content from the Websites for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided that all copyright notices and trademarks are retained. You must not use our Websites for any commercial purpose. Commercial purposes include:
In addition to the above, you must not:
If you print off or download any material from our Websites in breach of these Terms, any rights to use the Websites will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.
Content provided to us or posted on our Website
Our Websites allow you to upload, submit, post, send and receive content. You are solely responsible for all electronic communications and content you upload, submit, post or send. Any material you upload to our Website will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary (unless otherwise stated on the Website) and for such content you grant us a transferable, royalty free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use, copy, distribute, edit, amend, disclose, sub-license to third parties and create derivative works for any purpose, in any media. We may remove, edit or amend any such material at any time without notice to you. To the extent moral rights attach to any material you provide, to the fullest extent permitted by law these are waived in our favour.
You must not use the Website for any of the following:
Permission and re-use
Any request for permission for use of our content, logos or images, or other use of our intellectual property not authorized in these Terms or under a subscription or license agreement.
Open Access articles
Sapporo Medical Journal was closed access till 2018 but after 2018 to present it is an Open Access. Where this is the case, certain extended rights of use are allowed without obtaining further permission from SMJ. Those rights are set out in the applicable Creative Commons license that is stated in the article.
Our liability to you
The material on our Website is provided for information purposes. We Endeavour to ensure that the information provided on Website is accurate and up to date, however the material (whether provided by us or a third party) is made available without any guarantees, conditions, warranties or representations as to its accuracy, completeness or reliability. The content on our Websites is not intended to be advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our Website and we do not provide doi. You should be aware of that professionals in the field may have different opinions. Because of this fact and also because of regular advances in medical research we strongly recommend that readers independently verify any information on which they choose to rely.
To the extent permitted by law, we expressly exclude:
You agree that your use of any Website is at your own risk and that any damage or loss arising from your use and/or any reliance placed on its contents is your sole responsibility. This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence or any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
Sapporo Medical Journal will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of the Website or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.
We do not guarantee that our Website will always be available or that access will be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict access to our Website. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.
We do not guarantee our Websites will be secure or free from bugs or viruses. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform in order to access our Website.
Third-party material on our Website
SMJ does not claim ownership, endorse or take responsibility for any third-party products, job adverts, information, guidelines, materials or services that may be described, offered, advertised or otherwise displayed on the Website.
Third party links
Our Websites may contain links to external websites. Links are provided for your convenience, and do not imply endorsement or approval. We have no control over the contents or functionality of those website(s) and accept no responsibility for any loss or damages that may arise from your use of them. We are not responsible for any website outside our Websites, and any such website use will be subject to relevant terms and conditions and privacy policies.
How we use your personal information
We will only use any personal information you may provide in accordance with our privacy notice.
Governing law and jurisdiction
These Terms and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. The English courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising from, or related to, a visit to and/or use of the Website although we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these Terms in your country of residence or any other relevant country.
Protection of your information
All the data we collect from you on our websites is protected against unauthorized access by third parties. We do our utmost to protect your privacy through the appropriate use of security technologies and physical safeguards.
Website Usage Information
While you use our websites, your visits to individual pages will be tracked and recorded in web server log files (“Log Data”). Log Data may be used by International Medical Journal for statistical purposes, to recognize patterns of usage of the websites, and to improve the structure and content presentation. The usage information we collect (using HTTP Cookies) includes referring URLs, browser and device characteristics, IP address, operating system, as well as dates and times of website visits.
Our websites may use Google Analytics to help us collect information about how visitors use our sites. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the sites. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to a site, where visitors have navigated to a site from and the pages they visit whilst on a site.
User Accounts, Registration and Personalized Services
To make use of personalized services, you will have to register a user account with our websites. During registration, we will ask you to provide some personal information, including, but not limited to, your name, valid e-mail address, affiliation, postal address, phone number, password, academic degree, position within your institution or organization, and your research interests. Some of this information is required to properly set up the user account for you to use all of SMJ services.
International Medical Journal may use this information to fulfill our contract with you (e.g. the publication of your article). Furthermore, SMJ may also use this information internally, e.g., to evaluate and improve our business, respond to any questions, requests or comments you make, for targeted marketing purposes, or to identify and prevent fraud, claims or other liabilities.
International Medical Journal may contact you by e-mail to draw your attention to content that might be of interest to you (e.g. new services, products or publications) and for other advertising. If the personal information was provided to us by a third party, SMJ may still use this information in the same manner as described above. You will have the chance to opt-out of receiving such e-mails by unsubscribing.
International Transfer of Personal Data
International Medical Journal will never share your personal information with anyone nor with any third parties. Anyone can be subscribed to us and will get further information and announcement through the mail of SMJ . SMJ takes steps to ensure your personal information is continued to be protected wherever it is stored and/or processed.
As a registered user, you can access your account at any time and make corrections or updates. In accordance with existing data privacy law, you may request the information that the international Medical Journal holds or processes about you. On request, we will also provide you with a copy of all personal information that we possess about you. We will delete this personal information when you request to deactivate your account. However, some personal information may remain in storage for a certain period of time in order to comply with our (legal) obligations and to resolve disputes.