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We ask that you:
- Keep comments to the subject matter of the post on which you are commenting.
- Don’t post anything that contains any material that is abusive, vulgar, obscene, hateful, fraudulent, unlawful, threatening, or harrassing towards any person whether a user on this blog or not.
- Don’t plagiarize.
- Don’t defame others.
- Don’t use posts to promote products or services.
- Don’t use third-party content without permission unless you are permitted to do so by copyright law.
- Don’t post any medical advice on our blogs, or accept any medical advice from other users.
- Don’t post any material which may be discriminatory or cause offence on the grounds of an individual’s sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or working status.
- Don’t impersonate anyone else, including, but not limited to, any SpringerOpen staff, blog editors, or journal editors, or suggest that you have an affiliation with a person or association if you do not.
- Don’t upload, post, transmit, or make available, any material that contains viruses or any other computer code, programs or files designed to destroy, interrupt, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
You are responsible for the content of any messages that you post.
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- You own the copyright to the material you post as a comment, but you agree to grant us perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive rights to publish your entry on any media.
- You agree that you will not use our blogs to post any copyright material or intellectual property that is not your own without the express permission of the copyright or intellectual property holder unless permitted by copyright law, in particular permitted as fair dealing (e.g. short quotations from a text for the purpose of criticism).
- You may add links to internal or external sites within your comment but you agree to remain responsible for any links you add. We reserve the right to remove any links we consider inappropriate.
- SpringerOpen requires you to enter a valid email address when you comment on the blog. This is first and foremost to contact you in the event of any problems or issues with your comment.
- We also reserve the right to contact you regarding the subject matter of the post on which you have commented, but we will not add your address to any other SpringerOpen mailing lists without your permission.
- We will not use your email address to send you commercial communication. We will not share your email with third parties unless we are legally required to do so.
- Provided you stick to these common sense rules you may continue to access our blogs.
- We reserve the right to remove any comment breaking these rules without prior contact with the author. Our right to remove any post is not restricted to the reasons explicitly mentioned in these Guidelines.
- If you are responsible for any breach of these guidelines it will not be an excuse to say that you did not read them.
- As a last resort we may issue a ban (either temporary or permanent) if it becomes evident that you are unwilling to keep to these guidelines. This will only occur if we feel it is necessary to protect others or the integrity of the blogs.
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