Introduction:

PeerScientistTM is a social network and online platform for researchers, hereafter referred to as "the Service" (including this Web site and all its applications), provided by PeerScientistTM, hereafter referred to as "the Provider". These Terms and Conditions are an agreement that is legally binding between the Provider and any natural or legal person who, as a recipient of the service, uses the Service for any purpose, hereafter referred to as "the User".

  • These General Terms and Conditions can be subject to additions by special terms and conditions from time to time.
  • Individual terms and conditions and individual amendments to all terms and conditions are only binding if concluded in written form. Also, waiving this formal requirement can only be concluded in written form.
1. Purpose

Our mission is to bring all online possible needs for a researcher at one place no matter what stage your career is at. You can connect with the researchers from across the globe to help you become more productive via successful collaborations. Our services are primarily designed to save your valuable time which is being spent on searching your research related information from different sources across the internet apart from enabling you and millions of other researchers to meet, exchange ideas, learn, and find opportunities or employees, work, and make decisions in a network of trusted relationships.

2. Agreement

When you use our Services, you are entering into a legal agreement and you agree to all of these terms. You also agree to our Privacy Policy, which covers how we collect, use, share, and store your submitted personal information.

You agree that by clicking “Join Now” “Join PeerScientistTM”, “Sign Up” or similar, registering, accessing or using our services (including PeerScientistTM or any content or information provided as part of these services, collectively, “Services”), you are entering into a legally binding agreement (even if you are using our Services on behalf of a company). If you reside in India or outside India, your agreement is with PeerScientist.com (each, “PeerScientistTM” or “we”) which comes under the judicial applicable laws of Indian constitution.

This “Agreement” includes this User Agreement and the Privacy Policy, and other terms that will be displayed to you at the time you first use certain features, as may be amended by PeerScientistTM from time to time.

Registered users of our Services are “Members” and unregistered users are “Visitors”. This Agreement applies to both. By using or accessing the PeerScientistTM Services, you agree to this Statement, as updated from time to time in accordance with article 1 (3). This agreement was written in English (US). To the extent any translated version of this agreement conflicts with the English version, the English version controls. If you do not agree to this Agreement, do NOT click “Join Now” (or similar) and do not access or otherwise use any of our Services.

3. Service Eligibility

Here are some promises you make to us in this Agreement: You're eligible to enter into this Agreement and you are at least our “Minimum Age.” “Minimum Age” means atleast 18 years old for all other countries. However, if law requires that you must be older in order for PeerScientistTM to lawfully provide the Services to you (including the collection, storage and use of your information) then the Minimum Age is such older age. The Services are not for use by anyone under the age of 18. To use the Services, you agree that: (1) you must be the “Minimum Age” (defined below) or older; (2) you will only have one PeerScientistTM account, which must be in your real name; and (3) you are not already restricted by PeerScientistTM from using the Services.

4. Your Membership

You'll keep your password a secret. You will not share an account with anyone else and will follow our rules and the law. As between you and others, your account belongs to you. You agree to: (1) try to choose a strong and secure password; (2) keep your password secure and confidential; (3) not transfer any part of your account (e.g., connections, groups) and (4) follow the law and the Dos and Don'ts below. You are responsible for anything that happens through your account unless you close it or report misuse.

5. Your License to PeerScientistTM

You own all of the content, feedback, and personal information you provide to us, but you also grant us a non-exclusive license to it. We'll honor the choices you make about who gets to see your information and content. You promise to only provide information and content that you have the right to share, and that your PeerScientistTM profile will be truthful.

As between you and PeerScientistTM, you own the content and information that you submit or post to the Services and you are only granting PeerScientistTM the following non-exclusive license: A worldwide, transferable and sublicensable right to use, copy, modify, distribute, publish, and process, information and content that you provide through our Services, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or others. These rights are limited in the following ways:

  1. You can end this license for specific content by deleting such content from the Services, or generally by closing your account, except (a) to the extent you shared it with others as part of the Service and they copied or stored it and (b) for the reasonable time it takes to remove from backup and other systems.
  2. We will not include your content in advertisements for the products and services of others (including sponsored content) to others without your separate consent. However, we have the right, without compensation to you or others, to serve ads near your content and information, and your comments on sponsored content may be visible as noted in the Privacy Policy.
  3. We will get your consent if we want to give others the right to publish your posts beyond the Service. However, other Members and/or Visitors may access and share your content and information, consistent with your settings and degree of connection with them.
  4. While we may edit and make formatting changes to your content (such as translating it, modifying the size, layout or file type or removing metadata), we will not modify the meaning of your expression.
  5. Because you own your content and information and we only have non-exclusive rights to it, you may choose to make it available to others, including under the terms of a Creative Commons license.

You agree that we may access, store and use any information that you provide in accordance with the terms of the Privacy Policy and your privacy settings. By submitting suggestions or other feedback regarding our Services to PeerScientistTM, you agree that PeerScientistTM can use and share (but does not have to) such feedback for any purpose without compensation to you. You agree to only provide content or information if that does not violate the law nor anyone's rights (e.g., without violating any intellectual property rights or breaching a contract). You also agree that your profile information will be truthful. PeerScientistTM may be required by law to remove certain information or content in certain countries.

6. Service Availability

We may change or discontinue any of our Services. We can't promise to store or keep showing any information and content you've posted. We may change, suspend or end any Service, or change and modify prices prospectively in our discretion. To the extent allowed under law, these changes may be effective upon notice provided to you.

PeerScientistTM is not a storage service. You agree that we have no obligation to store, maintain or provide you a copy of any content or information that you or others provide, except to the extent required by applicable law and as noted in Section 3.1 of our Privacy Policy.

7. Other Content, Sites and apps

When you see or use others' content and information posted on our Services, it's at your own risk. Third parties may offer their own products and services through PeerScientistTM, and we aren't responsible for those third-party activities. By using the Services, you may encounter content or information that might be inaccurate, incomplete, delayed, misleading, illegal, offensive or otherwise harmful. PeerScientistTM generally does not review content provided by our Members. You agree that we are not responsible for third parties' (including other Members') content or information or for any damages as result of your use of or reliance on it.

You are responsible for deciding if you want to access or use third party apps or sites that link from our Services. If you allow a third party app or site to authenticate you or connect with your PeerScientistTM account, that app or site can access information on PeerScientistTM related to you and your connections. Third party apps and sites have their own legal terms and privacy policies, and you may be giving others permission to use your information in ways we would not. Except to the limited extent it may be required by applicable law, PeerScientistTM is not responsible for these other sites and apps -- use these at your own risk.

8. Limitations

We have the right to limit how you connect and interact on our Services. We're providing you notice about our intellectual property rights. PeerScientistTM reserves the right to limit your use of the Services, including the number of your connections and your ability to contact other Members. PeerScientistTM reserves the right to restrict, suspend, or terminate your account if PeerScientistTM believes that you may be in breach of this Agreement or law or are misusing the Services (e.g. violating any Do and Don'ts). PeerScientistTM reserves all of its intellectual property rights in the Services. For example, PeerScientistTM trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with PeerScientistTM are trademarks or registered trademarks of PeerScientistTM. Other trademarks and logos used in connection with the Services may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

9. Payment

You'll honor your payment obligations and you are okay with us storing your payment information. Also, there may be fees and taxes that are added to our prices. We don't guarantee refunds. If you purchase any of our paid Services (“Premium Services”), you agree to pay us the applicable fees and taxes. Failure to pay these fees may result in the termination of your subscription. Also:

  • Your purchase may be subject to foreign exchange fees or differences in prices based on location (e.g. exchange rates).
  • You authorize us to store and continue billing your payment method (e.g. credit card) even after it has expired, to avoid interruptions in your service (e.g. subscriptions) and to facilitate easy payment for new services.
  • You must pay us for applicable fees and taxes unless you cancel the Premium Service, in which case you agree to still pay these fees through the end of the applicable subscription period. In case of cancel or change your Premium Services please contact our administration.
  • Taxes are calculated based on the billing information that you provide us at the time of purchase.
10. Notices and Service Messages

You're okay with us using our websites, mobile apps, and email to provide you with important notices. This Agreement applies to mobile applications as well. Also, you agree certain additional information can be shared with us. If the contact information you provide isn't up to date, you may miss out on these notices. You agree that we may provide notices to you in the following ways: (1) a banner notice on the Service, or (2) an email sent to an address you provided, or (3) through other means including mobile number, telephone, or mail. You agree to keep your contact information up to date. Please review your PeerScientist.com settings from time to time to enjoy the best of our services.

11. Messages and Sharing

When you share information, others can see, copy and use that information. Our Services allow messaging and sharing of information in many ways, such as your profile, , links to news articles, job postings and blogs etc.,. Information and content that you share or post may be seen by other Members or, if public, by Visitors. Where we have made settings available, we will honor the choices you make about who can see content or information (e.g., sharing to a group instead of your network, by changing the default setting or not letting people know when you change your profile, make recommendations or follow companies etc.,). Note that other activities, such as applying for a job or sending a default private message, only visible to the addressee(s). We are not obligated to publish any information or content on our Service and can remove it in our sole discretion, with or without notice.

12. Storage of information
  1. The Service consists largely of information stored on the request of Users.
  2. The Provider neither previews nor automatically reviews such information. Therefore, the Provider cannot have current knowledge of; possible infringements caused by information that is stored on the request of Users. The Provider is not liable for such information.
  3. The Provider will, upon obtaining knowledge about or awareness of such infringement, act expeditiously to remove or disable access to such information.
  4. Users may only request storage of such information that they may legally store and publish. Users must not request to store any information that infringes any third party's copyright, trademarks, other intellectual property rights or any other rights.
  5. Users indemnify the Provider from any claims raised by third parties in reference to any information that is stored on request of the respective User. The indemnification covers all adequate expenditures, including court and lawyer fees.
13. Notice and take down
  1. If a user feels that any information provided within the Service infringes his/her or any third party's rights, he or she shall notify the Provider before taking any legal action.
  2. Upon such notification, the Provider will expeditiously check the objectionable information and will, where necessary, remove or disable access to this information ("notice and take down" process).
  3. The Provider will respond to any such notification at the discretion of their own set priority on case by case.
  4. Users shall not take any legal action before the Provider has dismissed the notification or set priority time without response.
  5. The Provider disclaims liability for expenditures, including court and lawyer fees, if legal action is taken earlier, unless the Provider has caused the infringement intentionally, recklessly or negligently.
14. Misuse of the Service
  1. Users must not misuse the Service. Misuse of the Service includes, without limitation:
    1. insults to other Users;
    2. automated or massive manual retrieval of other Users' profile data ("data harvesting");
    3. advertising for commercial products or services of all kinds;
    4. unsolicited job offers and business proposals;
    5. all kinds of technical attacks on the servers.
  2. All afore mentioned behaviors in this article are strictly forbidden, unless the User has obtained prior written permission by the Provider.
15. Usage of information
  • All information provided within the Service by the Provider and by other Users may only be accessed manually by a natural person using ordinary Internet devices.
  • Users must not publish, share, sell or make available information that is provided within the Service by the Provider or by other Users to/with any third party.
  • Users must not store or process any other User's personal data for any other purpose than the natural purpose of such data being published within the Service by the respective User.
16. Copyright and other Intellectual Property Rights

The software running the Service, the site design, the logos and other graphics, articles and other texts as well as the database are protected by copyright and property of the Provider.

17. Trademarks and Service Marks

Marks for Goods and Services can possibly be used without any identification, such as the ® or TM symbols. This does not mean that such marks were not registered trademarks or service marks or such marks were not protected by any applicable law. Such trademarks and service marks are property of their respective owners and must not be used by Users in any infringing manner.

18. Applicable Law

These Terms and Conditions, including its additions (as in article 1 (3)) are an agreement solely under the law of the Indian Constitution, in so far as it is directly applicable within India. The Provider and the User waive all other law, including the law at the place of residence or usage of the User (if other than India) and any international trade law.

19. Special Terms for Business Users
  1. This article applies for Users that use the Service for business purposes.
  2. Place of jurisdiction for all issues that arise from the usage of the Service, including this Terms and Conditions and all its additions (as in Article 1 (3)), is Hyderabad, India.
20. Salvatorius Clause

If any provision or provisions of this Terms and Conditions and its additions (as in Article 1 (3)) shall be held to be or become invalid, illegal, unenforceable or in conflict with the law of any applicable jurisdiction, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.

21. Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) Information

PeerScientistTM ("PeerScientistTM", the "Provider") respects the intellectual property rights of third parties and responds to allegations that copyrighted material has been posted, uploaded or shared on or through PeerScientist.com (the "Site") without authorization from the copyright holder in accordance with the safe harbor set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). PeerScientistTM will also, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may infringe or repeatedly infringe the copyrights of others in accordance with the DMCA.

22. Notification of Alleged Copyright Infringement

The DMCA provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under applicable law. If you have a good faith belief regarding the use of materials on the Site infringes your copyright, you may send to the Provider a notice requesting that the material be removed, or access to it be blocked.If you believe that your work has been copied and made available through the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may send a written document to [Company]'s Designated Agent (as set forth below) that contains the following (a "Notice"):

  1. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed and, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a list of all such works.
  2. Identification of the URL or other specific location that contains the material that you claim infringes your copyright described in Item 1 above. You must provide us with reasonably sufficient information to locate the allegedly infringing material.
  3. A physical or electronic signature of the copyright holder or a person authorized to act on his or her behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  4. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or applicable law.
  5. A statement by you that the information contained in your Notice is accurate and that you attest under the penalty of perjury that you are the copyright owner or that you are authorized to act on the owner's behalf.
  6. Your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.

If you believe in good faith that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed by the Provider against you, the DMCA permits you to send the Provider a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA; see http://www.loc.gov/copyright/ for details. Notices and counter-notices with respect to the Site should be sent to PeerScientistTM's administrator at below address:

System Administrator PeerScientist.com #1162,HIG, HUDA, mayuri nagar, miyapur, Hyderabad – 500 049, Telangana, India. admin@PeerScientist.com Tel +91 40 4025 1835

Please note that you may be liable for damages, including court costs and attorneys fees, if you misrepresent that content uploaded by a Site user is infringing your copyright. The Provider suggests that you consult with your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Upon receiving a proper Notice, PeerScientistTM will remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing material. We will also advise the alleged infringer of the DMCA Counter Notice Procedure described below in Section B by which the alleged infringer may respond to your claim and request that we restore this material.

23. Counter Notice Procedure

If you believe your own copyrighted material has been removed from the Site in error, you may submit a written Counter Notice to our designated administrator (as identified above) that includes the following:

  1. Identification of the material that has been removed or disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or disabled.
  2. A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the District Court in which your address is located, or if your address is outside India, other judicial district in which PeerScientistTM may be found.
  3. A statement that you will accept service of process from the party that filed the Notice or the party's agent.
  4. Your name, address, email and telephone number.
  5. A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material in question was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.
  6. Your physical or electronic signature.

If you send our Designated administrator a valid, written Counter Notice meeting the requirements described above, we will restore your removed or disabled material at the discretion of our own set priority from the date we receive your Counter Notification, unless our Designated administrator first receives notice from the party filing the original Notice informing us that such party has filed a court action to restrain you from engaging in infringing activity related to the material in question. Please note that if you misrepresent that the disabled or removed content was removed by mistake or misidentification, you may be liable for damages, including costs and attorney's fees.

24. Repeat Infringer Policy

In accordance with the DMCA and other applicable laws, we will, at our discretion, disable and/or terminate access to the Site by users who may infringe or repeatedly infringe the copyrights of others.

25. Access for Rights holders

PeerScientistTM generally allows registrations only for scientific users. We nevertheless provide access for rights holders upon special application, so that rights holders can check and find eventual copyright infringements on PeerScientistTM. If you are, or represent, a rights holder and want to apply for access for the aforementioned purpose, please state so during the sign-up process. If you have problems with the sign-up process, you may contact PeerScientistTM’s administrator (as stated above) to request a manual registration.

26. Dispute Resolution

In the unlikely event we end up in a legal dispute, it will take place in Hyderabad courts, applying Indian law. You agree that the laws of India, excluding its conflict of laws rules, shall exclusively govern any dispute relating to this Agreement and/or the Services. We both agree that all of these claims can only be litigated in the courts of Hyderabad, Telangana state, India, and we each agree to personal jurisdiction in those courts.

27. Termination

We can each end this Agreement anytime we want. PeerScientistTM or You may terminate this Agreement at any time with notice to the other. On termination, you lose the right to access or use the Services. The following shall survive termination:

  1. Our rights to use and disclose your feedback;
  2. Members' and/or Visitors' rights to further re-share content and information you shared through the Service to the extent copied or re-shared prior to termination;
  3. Sections 4, 6 and 7 of this Agreement;
  4. Any amounts owed by either party prior to termination remain owed after termination.
28. General Terms

Here are some important details about how to read the Agreement. If a court with authority over this Agreement finds any part of it not enforceable, you and us agree that the court should modify the terms to make that part enforceable while still achieving its intent. If the court cannot do that, you and us agree to ask the court to remove that unenforceable part and still enforce the rest of this Agreement. To the extent allowed by law, the English version of this Agreement is binding and other translations are for convenience only. This Agreement (including additional terms that may be provided by us when you engage with a feature of the Services) is the only agreement between us regarding the Services and supersedes all prior agreements for the Services. If we don't act to enforce a breach of this Agreement, that does not mean that PeerScientistTM has waived its right to enforce this Agreement. You may not assign or transfer this Agreement (or your membership or use of Services) to anyone without our consent. However, you agree that PeerScientistTM may assign this Agreement to its affiliates or a party that buys it without your consent. There are no third party beneficiaries to this Agreement. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Agreement and will provide you notice if we do and we agree that changes cannot be retroactive. If you don't agree to these changes, you must stop using the Services. You agree that the only way to provide us legal notice is at the addresses provided in Section 22.

29. PeerScientistTM “DOs” and “DON’Ts.”
29.1 Dos. You agree that you will:
  1. Comply with all applicable laws, including, without limitation, privacy laws, intellectual property laws, anti-spam laws, export control laws, tax laws, and regulatory requirements etc.,
  2. Provide accurate information to us and keep it updated;
  3. Use your real name on your profile;
  4. Use the Services in a professional manner.
29.2 Don'ts. You agree that you will not:
  1. Act dishonestly or unprofessionally, including by posting inappropriate, inaccurate, or objectionable content;
  2. Add content that is not intended for, or inaccurate for, a designated field (e.g. submitting a telephone number in the “title” or any other field, or including telephone numbers, email addresses, street addresses or any personally identifiable information for which there is not a field provided by PeerScientistTM);
  3. Use an image that is not your likeness or a head-shot photo for your profile;
  4. Create a false identity on PeerScientistTM;
  5. Misrepresent your current or previous positions and qualifications;
  6. Misrepresent your affiliations with a person or entity, past or present;
  7. Misrepresent your identity, including but not limited to the use of a pseudonym;
  8. Create a Member profile for anyone other than yourself (a real person);
  9. Invite people you do not know to join your network;
  10. Use or attempt to use another's account;
  11. Harass, abuse or harm another person;
  12. Send spam or other unwelcomed communications to others;
  13. Scrape or copy profiles and information of others through any means (including crawlers, browser plugins and add-ons, and any other technology or manual work);
  14. Act in an unlawful, libelous, abusive, obscene, discriminatory or otherwise objectionable manner;
  15. Disclose information that you do not have the right to disclose (such as confidential information of others (including your employer));
  16. Violate intellectual property rights of others, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights or other proprietary rights;
  17. Violate the intellectual property or other rights of PeerScientistTM, including, without limitation, using the word “PeerScientistTM” or our logos in any business name, email, or URL.
  18. Use PeerScientistTM invitations to send messages to people who don't know you or who are unlikely to recognize you as a known contact.
  19. Post any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation unauthorized by PeerScientistTM.
  20. Send messages to distribution lists, newsgroup aliases, or group aliases.
  21. Post anything that contains software viruses, worms, or any other harmful code.
  22. Manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any message or post transmitted through the Services.
  23. Create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.
  24. Creating or operate a pyramid scheme, fraud or other similar practice.
  25. Copy or use the information, content or data of others available on the Services (except as expressly authorized).
  26. Copy or use the information, content or data on PeerScientistTM in connection with a competitive service (as determined by PeerScientistTM).
  27. Copy, modify or create derivative works of PeerScientistTM, the Services or any related technology (except as expressly authorized by PeerScientistTM).
  28. Reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, decipher or otherwise attempt to derive the source code for the Services or any related technology, or any part thereof.
  29. Imply or state that you are affiliated with or endorsed by PeerScientistTM without our express consent (e.g., representing yourself as an accredited PeerScientistTM trainer).
  30. Rent, lease, loan, trade, sell/re-sell access to the Services or related any information or data.
  31. Sell, sponsor, or otherwise monetize a PeerScientistTM Group or any other feature of the Services, without PeerScientistTM's consent.
  32. Deep-link to our Services for any purpose other than to promote your profile or a Group on PeerScientistTM without PeerScientistTM's consent.
  33. Remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices contained in or on our Service.
  34. Remove, cover or obscure any advertisement included on the Services.
  35. Collect, use, copy, or transfer any information obtained from PeerScientistTM without the consent of PeerScientistTM.
  36. Share or disclose information of others without their express consent.
  37. Use manual or automated software, devices, scripts robots, other means or processes to access, “scrape,” “crawl” or “spider” the Services or any related data or information.
  38. Use bots or other automated methods to access the Services, add or download contacts, send or redirect messages.
  39. Monitor the Services' availability, performance or functionality for any competitive purpose.
  40. Engage in “framing,” “mirroring,” or otherwise simulating the appearance or function of the Services.
  41. Access the Services except through the interfaces expressly provided by PeerScientistTM, such as its mobile applications and PeerScientist.com.
  42. Override any security feature of the Services.
  43. Interfere with the operation of, or place an unreasonable load on, the Services (e.g., spam, denial of service attack, viruses, gaming algorithms).