Privacy Policy

The Cell Press web sites ("Site") are owned and operated by Elsevier Inc., 600 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA. We respect your privacy and do not rent, sell or disclose your personal information to any non-affiliated third party without your consent.

We are committed to maintaining your confidence and trust with respect to the information we collect from you. This privacy policy sets forth what information we collect about you, how we use your information, and the choices you have about how we use your information.

Collection of Information Through Use of Cookies

This Site collects information regarding your use of the Site through the use of "cookies." Cookies are anonymous, unique alphanumeric identifiers sent to your browser from a web site's computers and stored on your computer. The type of information we collect as a result of a cookie being stored on your computer includes the Internet Protocol ("IP") address used to connect your computer to the Internet; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; and click stream data, including date and time, cookie number and content you viewed or searched for on the Site.

We use "session" cookies to collect information about your use of the Site and so that you may view articles, abstracts or other records and browse from page to page. These cookies are temporary and are deleted when you leave the Site. We use "persistent" cookies to allow for automatic login, give you a more personalized browsing experience, and help you navigate the Site more efficiently.

We collect and use, and may from time to time supply third parties with, this information only as anonymous, collective or aggregated user data for the purposes of usage analysis, quality control and improving the Site.

You can prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or disable cookies altogether by accessing your browser's preferences menu. If you choose to disable cookies altogether, you can use the Site but will not be able to register, login to the Site with a personal User Name and Password, or make use of the advanced personalization features of the Site, although the basic features and functionality offered to unregistered users of the Site will be possible to use.

Collection and Registration of Personal Information

We sometimes request users of the Site to provide personal information. The information collected from a user is strictly voluntary and may include contact information such as the user's name, e-mail address, and postal address.

In order to access certain content and to make use of the full functionality and advanced personalization features of the Site, such as alerts and subscriptions, we ask you to register and obtain a personal User Name and Password. You may be prompted to register when you:

• Choose the "Register" or "Email Alert" on the home page or login screens
• Use personalization features
• Create an email alert
• Provide feedback

The information collected from the registration form that is presented to users when they choose to register may include contact information, such as the user's name, e-mail address, postal address, country, telephone number, specialization and work setting ("Registration Information"). The Registration Information is linked directly to a personal User Name and Password chosen by the user and can only be retrieved by supplying the correct User Name and Password that is linked to that profile.

How Personal Information Is Used

We use the personal information that you provide for such purposes as:

• Completion and support of the activity for which the information was provided, such as allowing access to or delivery of our products or services, processing or fulfilling an order, or responding to your requests or inquiries

• Web site and system administration, such as for the technical support of the Site and its computer system, including processing computer account information, information used in the course of securing and maintaining the Site, and verification of Site activity by the Site or its agents

• Research and development to enhance, evaluate and improve the Site and our services

• Tailoring or customizing content or design of the Site during a single visit to the Site and individualized personalization of the Site on repeat visits

• Pseudonymous analysis to create a profile used to determine the habits, interests or other characteristics of users for purposes of research, analysis and anonymous reporting

• Communicating with you about changes or updates to the Site and our services and, with your consent, special offers, promotions or market research surveys

Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties

Access to your personal information is restricted to our employees, agents, representatives and service providers, such as our data processing, printing and fulfillment operations, and entities for whom we are acting as an agent, licensee or publisher, such as societies and our affiliated group companies, for the purposes set forth above.

With your consent, we also may share your personal information with our affiliated group companies and/or with non-affiliated third parties that wish to send you information about their products and services that may be of interest to you, and users who have consented to receive such information may receive communications from these third parties. If you wish us to pass your personal information to third parties, please tick the appropriate check box when you register for personalized services or access or amend your preferences by logging in and clicking on the Your Details link at any time.

We will not otherwise disclose any personal information without your consent except under the following circumstances:

• in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our rights to defend against legal claims;

• if we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, safety of person or property, violation of our policies, or as otherwise required by law; and

• if Elsevier, this Site or a related asset or line of business is acquired by, transferred to or merged with another company.

Access and Changes to Your Registration Information and Preferences

Registered Users may access their identified contact information and other Registration Information and correct any discrepancies or update information by contacting our Customer Service Department at the address or telephone number detailed below and/or clicking on the Your Details link at any time. The accuracy of such information is solely the responsibility of the user. No access is given to other data that may have been collected about users.

If you wish to receive alerts, newsletters, new product announcements, market surveys, special offers or promotions, please tick the appropriate check box when you register for personalized services or access or amend your preferences by logging in and clicking on the Your Details link at any time. If you wish to cease receiving any of this information, amend your preferences either by contacting our Customer Service Department at the address or telephone number detailed below, logging in and clicking on the Your Details link, or using the "opt-out" or unsubscribe option or other means provided within the communications you receive. We reserve the right to notify you of changes or updates to the Site whenever necessary.

Retention of Personal Information

We recognize that your privacy is important to you, and therefore we endeavor to keep your personal information confidential. The personal and demographic information about each user is stored on our servers that are behind a firewall and physically housed within a secured data center. Furthermore, our internal practices help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to and use of such information. However, we do not represent, warrant, or guarantee that your personal information will be protected against unauthorized access, loss, misuse, or alterations, and do not accept any liability for the security of such information submitted to us nor for your or third parties' use or misuse of such information.

Third-Party Advertisers

We contract with third-party advertisers and their agents that post on the Site banner and other advertisements, which may link to other web sites not under our control. These third-party advertisers may use cookie technology to measure the effectiveness of their ads or may otherwise collect personally identifiable information from you when you leave this Site. We are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials offered from such advertisers and their agents. Transactions that occur between you and the third party are strictly between you and the third party and are not our responsibility. You should review the privacy policy of any third-party advertiser and its agent, as their policies may differ from ours.

Our Commitment to Data Security

We recognize that your privacy is important to you, and therefore we endeavor to keep your personal information confidential. The personal and demographic information about each user is stored on our servers that are behind a firewall and physically housed within a secured data center. Furthermore, our internal practices help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to and use of such information. However, we do not represent, warrant, or guarantee that your personal information will be protected against unauthorized access, loss, misuse, or alterations, and do not accept any liability for the security of such information submitted to us nor for your or third parties' use or misuse of such information.

Chat rooms, newsgroups, notice boards, comments, online forums, directories, etc.

If at any time this Site offers any chat rooms, newsgroups, notice boards, comments, online forums, directories, etc. we may collect the information that you disclose. Such information will be used in accordance with this privacy policy. Please note that we cannot be responsible for other parties' use of the information that you make available to such third parties through any chat room, notice board, newsgroup, comments, online forum, directories, etc. on this Site. Please be careful about what information you disclose in this way.

About This Privacy Policy

The foregoing is the current privacy policy of the Site. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time without notice. Any changes to this policy will be posted on this web page. Our policy does not create a contract or any legal rights.

This privacy policy applies solely to the information you provide while visiting this Site. The terms of this privacy policy do not govern personal information furnished through any means other than this Site (such as via telephone or postal mail).

This Site may contain links to other web sites that are beyond our control. Other web sites to which you link may contain privacy policies that are different from this privacy policy. We encourage you to check the privacy policy of each web site you visit before submitting any information to them.

Questions, Complaints and Dispute Resolution

If you have any questions or comments regarding this privacy policy, please contact our Customer Service Department at:

Cell Press
Customer Service Department
11830 Westline I ndustrial Drive

St Louis, MO 63146 USA
Email: subs@cell.com; feedback@cell.com
Tele: (866) 314-2355 (Toll Free US & Canada), (314) 453-7038 (outside US & Canada),
Fax: (314) 523 5170

If at any time you believe that we have not adhered to this privacy policy or you have a complaint regarding the way your personal information is being handled, please contact our Customer Service Department. Disputes under this privacy policy will be resolved by our Customer Service Department, which will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly investigate, and if necessary, to correct any problem.

Last revised: September 3, 2008