Like most website operators, Open Academia collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Open Academia’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Open Academia’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Open Academia may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Open Academia also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. However, Open Academia does not use such information to identify its visitors, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Certain visitors to Open Academia’s websites interact with Open Academia in ways that require Open Academia to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Open Academia gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, on behalf of some of the journals we work with, we ask authors who are to pay a publication fee to provide certain details. Those who engage in transactions with Open Academia – by paying publication fees, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Open Academia collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Open Academia. Open Academia does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described above. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.