Terms of Service

LAST UPDATED: August 6, 2013

Description of service

YOU AND RESEARCH SQUARE LLC, D/B/A RUBRIQ AND JOURNALGUIDE (“RUBRIQ”, "JOURNALGUIDE", "WE", “US”, AND “OUR") AGREE THAT YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEB SITES LOCATED AT WWW.RUBRIQ.COM AND WWW.JOURNALGUIDE.COM (THE “WEB SITES”, THE "WEB SITE") AND THE REVIEW SERVICES OFFERED VIA THE WEB SITES (THE “SERVICES”) IS SUBJECT TO YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, WHICH WILL BECOME A BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND RESEARCH SQUARE (THE "AGREEMENT"). WE ARE WILLING TO ALLOW YOU ACCESS TO THE WEB SITES AND PROVIDE THE SERVICES ONLY UPON THE CONDITION THAT YOU ACCEPT ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY. AFTER READING THE TERMS, IF YOU AGREE TO THEM, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR DECISION BY CLICKING THE CHECKBOX ON THE ACCOUNT SIGN UP/REGISTRATION FORM NEXT TO THE STATEMENT THAT READS "I have read and agree to the terms of service." IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT WITH OUR SITES.

The Services are available only to persons who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, the Services are not available to individuals under the age of 18. If you are under 18, then you are not permitted to use the Services. In order to receive the Services, you must pay in advance the applicable fee unless Rubriq agrees that you may make payment pursuant to another payment plan. Rubriq may increase its fees at any time. You must complete the sign-up form in order to use the Services. You agree that all information provided by you in connection with the sign-up process for Rubriq and JournalGuide ("Registration Information") will be true, accurate, current, and complete and that you will promptly update your Registration Information as necessary such that it is, at all times, true, accurate, complete, and current. As part of the registration process, you will identify a username and password for your account that is shared by Rubriq and JournalGuide. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account, passwords, and files, and for all uses of your account and of the Services in your name. We reserve the right to refuse registration of, or cancel, accounts at any time and for any reason, as we deem appropriate. Upon termination of your registration as a "user", you will no longer be allowed access to the Web Sites or the Services offered through the Web Sites. We also reserve the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Service with or without notice at any time and without any liability to you. In addition, the similarity report will be provided by iThenticate and, as such, is subject to additional terms of use posted within the iThenticate user agreement.

Research Square may use all Registration Information, subject to compliance with our Privacy Policy that can be found here (the "Privacy Policy"). This Agreement includes terms and conditions set forth in the Privacy Policy. By indicating your agreement to this Agreement, you are consenting to have your personal data used by Research Square and its divisions as set forth in the Privacy Policy.

Your intellectual property rights

Rubriq and its employees make no claims on any work submitted to us for review. Any documents, content, material, works or other intellectual property submitted by you (collectively, “Documents”), will remain your intellectual property. Rubriq reviewers have signed a confidentiality agreement to waive their claim to any intellectual property and Documents submitted though the Service. You represent and warrant that: (i) you have obtained all necessary third party rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, for any Documents or portions thereof that belong to third parties, which are necessary for Rubriq to provide Services in connection with the Documents: (ii) the Documents will not contain, any infringing, illegal, sexually explicit, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable material, including, without limitation, any material that could give rise to any liability to Rubriq or which might adversely affect Rubriq’s public image, reputation or goodwill; and (iii) the Documents do not include any infringing, misappropriated or plagiarized content that you do not have the rights to use. It is your responsibility to determine if it is necessary for you to obtain, and for obtaining, any licenses required to use third party content that is part of the Documents. You will be responsible for making back-up and archival copies of your Documents. In no event will Rubriq be responsible to you or any other person for any loss, corruption or alteration of Documents.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold Research Square and its divisions, directors, officers, agents, contractors, partners and employees, harmless from and against any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising out of any claim, action, investigation or proceeding made or instituted by any third party due to or arising out of:

  1. your breach of any representations or warranties made by you hereunder or your breach of any term of this Agreement;
  2. your use of the Services, any report provided in connection with the Services (a “Report”) or the Web Sites in violation of this Agreement; or
  3. your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.

You hereby agree not to sue, assist in or be a voluntary party to assist in or be a voluntary party to, except as required by law, any action, suit, or proceeding against Research Square for any claims, actions, suits, damages, liability, losses or expenses of whatever kind or however arising out of or relating to your use of the Web Sites or the Services.

Our intellectual property rights

You acknowledge that Research Square owns all right, title and interest in and to the Web Sites and the Services (the "Research Square Intellectual Property"), and such Research Square Intellectual Property is protected by U.S. and international intellectual property laws. You also agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automated device, or manual process to monitor or copy any content from any of our Web Sites.

Governing law

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of North Carolina, U.S.A., without reference to conflicts of laws provisions and, as to matters affecting copyrights, trademarks and patents, by U.S. federal law. Any dispute or claim arising out of, or in connection with, this Agreement shall be finally settled by binding arbitration in Raleigh, North Carolina, in accordance with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-569.1 et seq. (the "Uniform Arbitration Act") and the then-current rules and procedures of the American Arbitration Association by one (1) arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator shall apply the law of the State of North Carolina, without reference to rules of conflict of law or statutory rules of arbitration, to the merits of any dispute or claim. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be confirmed, reduced to judgment and entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. You agree that, any provision of applicable law notwithstanding, the arbitrator shall have the authority to award the prevailing party its costs and reasonable attorneys' fees. In the event that the above arbitration provision is held invalid or unenforceable, then any dispute with respect to this Agreement shall be brought and heard either in the North Carolina state courts located in Wake County, North Carolina, or the federal district court for the Eastern District of North Carolina located in Raleigh, North Carolina. In such event, you consent to the in personam jurisdiction and venue of such courts. You agree that service of process upon you in any such action may be made if delivered in person, by courier service, by telegram, by telefacsimile or by first class mail, and shall be deemed effectively given upon receipt.

Disclaimer of warranties

Research Square is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the Web Sites. The Web Sites and the Services may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for various reasons. Research Square assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, the Web Sites. Research Square is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment or software, or the failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, including injury or damage to any person's computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials or Documents in connection with the Web Sites or the Services. THE WEB SITES AND THE SERVICES AND REPORTS ARE PROVIDED "AS-IS" AND RESEARCH SQUARE AND ITS LICENSORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. RESEARCH SQUARE AND ITS LICENSORS CANNOT GUARANTEE AND DO NOT PROMISE ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS FROM USE OF THE WEB SITES, SERVICES OR REPORTS.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that Research Square and its licensors do not guarantee the quality, accuracy or results of the Services or Reports. No refunds shall be provided except as set expressly agreed to by Rubriq, JournalGuide, or Research Square.

Limitation of liability

IN NO EVENT WILL RESEARCH SQUARE OR ITS LICENSORS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR LOST DATA ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITES, SERVICES OR REPORTS, EVEN IF RESEARCH SQUARE OR ITS LICENSORS ARE AWARE OR HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, RESEARCH SQUARE AND ITS LICENSORS DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES FOR SERVICES AND/OR REPORTS RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE WEB SITES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, THE LIABILITY OF RESEARCH SQUARE AND ITS LICENSORS TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE LESSER OF: (A) THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO RESEARCH SQUARE FOR THE SERVICES; AND (B) TEN DOLLARS ($10). THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THESE LIMITATIONS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS AGREEMENT AND SHALL SURVIVE ANY REMEDY’S FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.

Overpayment

In the case of overpayment, we will provide a credit to your account which is not redeemable for cash. The credit can be used to submit future manuscripts and obtain any additional future Services.

Customer Communications

By signing up for a free account on our Web Sites, you are opting in to receive communications from us regarding our products and services, including customer newsletters, special offers and exclusive discounts. You may opt out of these communications at any time by following the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of any email. For more details about how we collect and use customer information, please visit our Privacy Policy page.

Credits, Holds and Offsets

Please be advised that if we receive any claim or threat of a claim, which is related to your use of the Services, we may put a “hold” on any account you have with us, including any monies held on your behalf. Furthermore, to the extent that you owe us any amounts as a consequence your use of the Services or our settlement of any claim made against you, we may, in our sole discretion, deduct all or a portion of such amounts from any amounts held by us in your account. Any such deduction will not relieve you of any obligation to pay the remainder of any amounts due from you to us.

Confidentiality

In relation to its Services, Rubriq will treat all Documents you provide to us in confidence and will disclose the Documents only to our employees and agents that are providing the Services. Your Documents will not be provided to any other third party and will not be used for any purpose other than to provide Services to you. Rubriq has a policy of providing access to the Scorecards that are created through a unique verification code. You maintain responsibility and control of this verification code and therefore access to your scorecards.

Miscellaneous

This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement between you and Research Square pertaining to your use of the Web Sites, Services and Reports. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of this Agreement at any time without further notice. If we do this, we will post the changes to this Agreement on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the new effective date (i.e., the LAST UPDATED date). Your continued use of the Services, Reports or the Web Sites after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the revised Agreement. If you do not agree to abide by this Agreement or any future revised Agreement, do not use or access the Services, Reports or the Web Sites. It is your responsibility to regularly review this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be revised to the extent necessary to cure the invalidity or unenforceability, and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. Our failure to exercise any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.