Human-friendly Readable Terms of Use (non-binding)

We have distilled the Terms of Use into a much smaller list of ‘human-friendly readable’ bullets. Read this section to get an idea of what Sciworthy’s Terms actually are, but be aware that the full Terms further below are the legally binding ones.

1. Everything you do on, or contribute to, our site (within certain legal limits) will be subject to a Creative Commons Attribution License). This is a good thing as it makes your work open access (free to read, re-use, and remix).
2. You agree to treat our site and our service with the basic respect that you treat any online science journal site, and we agree to do the same to you.
3. Everything you publish on our site is your own responsibility. Really. You wrote it, you need to stand by it.
4. We will not re-sell or directly monetize content generated by users and their posts. The content posted by users is for the readers’ edification and education. Readers who are interested in a particular post can share it via social media to allow others to enjoy it and to spread the word about Sciworthy.
5. We are nice people who want to do right by the scientific community.
6. We don’t have to publish your work if we don’t want to, but rest assured we will treat you respectfully throughout your interactions with us.
7. We are a respectable publisher of user generated content summarizing and referencing published scientific work – we do not tolerate Copyright violations or any illegal activity of any type.

Binding terms of Use

Description of the Services. Sciworthy is an online, open access service, containing user generated content which summarizes and references published scientific work. Any user may access the Website (as defined below) and the content provided therein.

Publishing and Publications. In the course of using the Services (as defined below), you and other users may submit summaries of published scientific papers and accompanying materials and research for publication in one of the publications maintained by the Website (“Articles”). Sciworthy shall determine in its discretion whether to publish an Article. Sciworthy reserves the right not to publish anything that does not meet its standards. In order to submit Articles for publication, you must (i) agree to these Terms of Use; (ii) agree to the Creative Commons Attribution License (the “CCAL”) with respect to your submitted Articles; (iii) and provide any information required by Sciworthy during the registration process.

Access to the Services. The website and domain name and any other linked pages, features, content, or application services (including without limitation any mobile application services) offered from time to time by Sciworthy in connection therewith (collectively, the “Website”) are owned and operated by Sciworthy, unless otherwise indicated. You acknowledge and agree that the Website, and any necessary software used in connection with the Website, may contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable laws governing intellectual property, proprietary rights, and the like. The copyright in the material contained on the Website not belonging to authors or users as set for below belongs to Sciworthy or its licensors. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Sciworthy may offer to provide certain services, as described more fully on the Website, and that have been selected by you (together with the Website, the “Services”). The term “Services” includes, without limitation, use of the Website, any service Sciworthy performs for you, and the Content (as defined below) offered by Sciworthy on the Website. Sciworthy may change, suspend, or discontinue the Services at any time, including the availability of any feature, database, or Content. Sciworthy may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Services without notice or liability. Sciworthy reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify this Agreement at any time by posting a notice on the Website, or by sending you a notice via email or postal mail. You shall be responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any such modifications. Your use of the Services following such notification constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement as modified

Use of Website, Services, and Content. The Website, the Services, and their contents may only be used in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. All materials displayed or performed on the Services (including, but not limited to text, graphics, articles, photographs, images, illustrations (also known as the “Content,” and which includes Articles (as defined below) and User Contributions (as defined below))) are protected by copyright. You shall abide by all copyright notices, trademark rules, information, and restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Services.

All Articles and accompanying materials and research published by Sciworthy on the Website, unless otherwise indicated, are licensed by the respective authors of such articles for use and distribution by you subject to citation of the original source in accordance with the CCAL. All peer reviews and user comments, unless otherwise indicated, are also licensed by their respective authors for use and distribution by you subject to citation of the original source in accordance with the CCAL. With the exception of Content that is marked with the CCAL, which may be used in accordance with that license, you shall not use, copy, reproduce, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, upload, display, license, sell, or otherwise exploit for any purposes whatsoever any Content or third party submissions or other proprietary rights not owned by you: (i) without the express prior written consent of the respective owners, and (ii) in any way that violates any third party right.

The Website and the Services are protected by copyright as collective works and/or compilations, pursuant to U.S. copyright laws, international conventions, and other copyright laws. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works based on, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit, any of the Content, software or Services in whole or in part, except in accordance with this Agreement and the CCAL.

You may download or copy the Content (and other items displayed on the Website or Services for download), provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such Content.

User-Generated Content. In the course of using the Services, you and other users may provide information, including but not limited to peer reviews, comments, and feedback (and excluding Articles) (collectively, “User Contributions”), which may be used by Sciworthy in connection with the Services and which may be visible to certain other users. All User Contributions submitted by you are licensed by you for the use and distribution by others, including Sciworthy and other users of the Service, subject to citation of the original source in accordance with the CCAL.

You understand that all information publicly posted or privately transmitted through the Services is the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated and that Sciworthy will not be liable for any errors or omissions in any content. You understand that Sciworthy cannot guarantee the identity of any other users with whom you may interact in the course of using the Services. Additionally, Sciworthy cannot guarantee the authenticity of any data, which users or merchants may provide about themselves. You acknowledge that all Content accessed by you using the Services is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage or loss to any party resulting therefrom.

Under no circumstances will Sciworthy be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred in connection with use of or exposure to any Content posted, emailed, accessed, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the Services.

You warrant, represent and agree that you will not contribute any Content or otherwise use the Services in a manner that (i) infringes or violates the intellectual property rights or proprietary rights, rights of publicity or privacy, or other rights of any third party; (ii) violates any law, statute, ordinance or regulation; (iii) is harmful, fraudulent, deceptive, threatening, abusive, harassing, degrading, intimidating, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, or otherwise objectionable; (iv) impersonates any person or entity, including without limitation any employee or representative of Sciworthy; (v) restricts or inhibits any other user from using and enjoying the Services or Content; or (vi) contains a virus, trojan horse, worm, time bomb, or other harmful computer code, file, or program. Sciworthy reserves the right to remove any Content from the Services at any time, for any reason (including, but not limited to, upon receipt of claims or allegations from third parties or authorities relating to such Content or if Sciworthy is concerned that you may have breached the immediately preceding sentence), or for no reason at all. You, not Sciworthy, remain solely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise disseminate using, or in connection with, the Services, and you warrant that you possess all rights necessary to provide such content to Sciworthy and to grant Sciworthy the rights to use such information in connection with the Services and as otherwise provided herein.

You are responsible for all of your activity in connection with the Services. Any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity may be grounds for termination of your right to access or use the Services. You may not post or transmit, or cause to be posted or transmitted, any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any other user of the Services. Use of the Services to violate the security of any computer network, crack passwords or security encryption codes, transfer or store illegal material (including material that may be considered threatening or obscene), or engage in any kind of illegal activity is expressly prohibited. You will not run Maillist, Listserv, any form of auto-responder, or “spam” on the Services, or any processes that run or are activated while you are not logged on to the Website, or that otherwise interfere with the proper working of or place an unreasonable load on the Services’ infrastructure. If you use any software, devices, or other processes to “crawl,” “scrape,” or “spider” any page of the Website, you must abide by all copyright laws, licenses (including the CCAL), the terms of this Agreement and all other legal requirements and obligations. In addition, we reserve the right to limit access to users if we find that our servers are unable to handle the load that the user is placing upon them. You will not decompile, reverse engineer, or otherwise attempt to obtain the source code of the Services. You will be responsible for withholding, filing, and reporting all taxes, duties and other governmental assessments associated with your activity in connection with the Services.

Sciworthy has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that Sciworthy has no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding: which users gain access to the Services; what Content you access via the Services; what effects the Content may have on you; how you may interpret or use the Content; or what actions you may take as a result of having been exposed to the Content. You release Sciworthy from all liability for you having acquired or not acquired Content through the Services. The Services may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate.

Sciworthy makes no representations concerning any content contained in or accessed through the Services, and Sciworthy will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained in or accessed through the Services. Sciworthy makes no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy of colors or textures displayed anywhere on the Services, or regarding suggestions or recommendations of services or products offered or purchased through the Services (including, without limitation, the actual color, texture, size, fit, quality, or use of such products or services). Products and services purchased (whether or not following such recommendations and suggestions) are provided “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind from Sciworthy or others unless, with respect to others (only), otherwise made expressly and unambiguously in writing by a designated third party for a specific product or service. THE SERVICES, CONTENT, WEBSITE, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, AND ANY SOFTWARE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR THAT USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

For information regarding Sciworthy’s treatment of personally identifiable information, please review Sciworthy’s current Privacy Policy, which is hereby incorporated by reference; your acceptance of this Agreement constitutes your acceptance and agreement to be bound by Sciworthy’s Privacy Policy.

As a condition to using all or some aspects of the Services, you may be required to register with Sciworthy and select a password and a custom profile URL user name (“Sciworthy User ID”). You shall provide Sciworthy with accurate, complete, and updated registration information. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of this Agreement, which may result in immediate termination of your account. You may not (i) select or use as a Sciworthy User ID a name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; or (ii) use as a Sciworthy User ID a name subject to any rights of a person other than you without appropriate authorization. Sciworthy reserves the right to refuse registration of or cancel a Sciworthy User ID in its discretion. You shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password.

Sciworthy is committed to making content freely available, while ensuring all research and work is properly attributed. As soon as it becomes eligible, Sciworthy will become a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (“COPE”) and currently follows COPE procedures in investigating cases of suspected cases of plagiarism regarding Articles published by Sciworthy. Please refer to for more information.
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have otherwise been violated, please notify
In addition to COPE procedures for investigating claims of plagiarism regarding Articles published by Sciworthy, Sciworthy has adopted the following general policy toward Content and User Contributions aside from Articles with respect to copyright infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA (posted at The address of Sciworthy’s Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement (“Designated Agent”) is listed at the end of this Section. It is Sciworthy’s policy to (1) block access to or remove material that it believes in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our advertisers, affiliates, content providers, members or users; and (2) remove and discontinue service to repeat offenders.

A. Procedure for Reporting Copyright Infringements:
If you believe that material or content residing on or accessible through the Services infringes a copyright, please send a notice of copyright infringement containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below:
1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed;
2. Identification of works or materials being infringed;
3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing including information regarding the location of the infringing materials that the copyright owner seeks to have removed, with sufficient detail so that Sciworthy is capable of finding and verifying its existence;
4. Contact information about the notifier including address, telephone number and, if available, email address;
5. A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material identified in (3) is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
6. A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information provided is accurate and the notifying party is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the copyright owner.

B. Once Proper Bona Fide Infringement Notification is Received by the Designated Agent:
It is Sciworthy’s policy:
1. to remove or disable access to the infringing material;
2. to notify the content provider or user that it has removed or disabled access to the material; and
3. that repeat offenders will have the infringing material removed from the system and that Sciworthy will terminate such content provider’s or user’s access to the Services.

C. Procedure to Supply a Counter-Notice to the Designated Agent:
If the content provider or user believes that the material that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or the content provider or user believes that it has the right to post and use such material from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or, pursuant to the law, the content provider or user, must send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Designated Agent listed below:
1. A physical or electronic signature of the content provider or user;
2. Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or disabled;
3. A statement that the content provider or user has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material; and
4. Content provider’s or user’s name, address, telephone number, and, if available, email address, and a statement that such person or entity consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal Court for the judicial district in which the content provider’s or user’s address is located, or, if the content provider’s or user’s address is located outside the United States, for any judicial district in which Sciworthy is located, and that such person or entity will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received by the Designated Agent, Sciworthy may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that Sciworthy may replace the removed material or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider or user, the removed material may be replaced or access to it restored in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at Sciworthy’s discretion.

Please contact Sciworthy’s Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement at the following address:
Graham Short

If you have any questions, complaints, or claims with respect to the Services, you may contact us at
Effective: 22 January, 2014