Nepal Journals Online (NepJOL) is a service to provide online publication of Nepalese journals. For more information about NepJOL and how to join the service, see the About page.
Nepal Journals Online (NepJOL) is a member of the Ubiquity Partner Network coordinated by Ubiquity Press. According to the EU definitions, NepJOL is the data controller, and Ubiquity Press are the service providers and data processors. Ubiquity Press provide the technical platform and some publishing services to NepJOL and operate under the principle of data minimisation where only the minimal amount of personal data that is required to carry out a task is obtained.
What type of personal data do we handle?
There are four main categories of personal data stored by our journal platform, our press platform, and our book management system; Website User data, Author data, Reviewer data and Editor data.
The minimum personal data that are stored are:
- full name
- email address
- affiliation (department, and institution)
- country of residence
Optionally, the user can provide:
- associated URL
- phone number
- fax number
- reviewing interests
- mailing address
- a short biography
- Twitter profile
- LinkedIn profile
- ImpactStory profile
- profile picture
The data subjects have complete control of this data through their profile, and can request for it to be removed by contacting email@example.com
What do we do to keep that data secure?
We regularly backup our databases, and we use reliable cloud service providers (Amazon, Google Cloud, Linode) to ensure they are kept securely. Backups are regularly rotated and the old data is permanently deleted. We have a clear internal data handling policy, restricting access to the data and backups to key employees only. In case of a data breach, we will report the breach to the affected users, and to the press/journal contacts within 72 hours.
How do we use the data?
Personal information is only used to deliver the services provided by the publisher. Personal data is not shared externally except for author names, affiliations, emails, and links to ORCiD and social media accounts (if provided) in published articles and books which are displayed as part of the article/book and shared externally to indexes and databases. If a journal operates under open peer review then the reviewer details are published alongside the reviewer details.
How we collect and use your data:
1. When using the website
1.1 what data we collect
- When you browse our website, we collect anonymised data about your use of the website; for example, we collect information about which pages you view, which files you download, what browser you are using, and when you were using the site.
1.2 why we collect the data
- We use anonymised website usage data to monitor traffic, help fix bugs, and see overall patterns that inform future redesigns of the website, and provide reports on how frequently the publications on our site have been accessed from within their IP ranges.
1.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data
- We do not collect personal information that can be used to identify you when you browse the website.
- We currently use Google Analytics for publication reports, and to improve the website and services through traffic analysis, but no personal identifying data is shared with Google (for example your computer’s IP is anonymised before transmission).
1.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of your data, or for your data to be removed/anonymised.
2. When registering as an author, and submitting an article or book
2.1 what data we collect
- When registering an account we ask you to log in and provide certain personal information (such as your name and email address), and there is the option to register using an ORCiD which will pre-fill the registration form.
- As part of submitting an article for publication, you will need to provide personally identifying information which will be used for the peer review process, and will be published. This can include ‘Affiliation’, ‘Competing interests’, ‘Acknowledgements’.
2.2 why we collect the data
- Personal data submitted with the article or book is collected to allow follow good publication ethics during the review process, and will form part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.
2.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data
- We do not share your personal information with third parties, other than as part of providing the publishing service.
- As a registered author in the system you may be contacted by the journal editor to submit another article.
- Any books published on the platform are freely available to download from the publisher website in PDF, EPUB and MOBI formats on the publisher’s site.
- Any personal data accompanying an article or a book (that will have been added by the submitting author) is published alongside it. The published data includes the names, affiliations and email addresses of all authors.
- Any articles published on the platform are freely available to download from the publisher website in various formats (e.g. PDF, XML).
- Ubiquity Press books and articles are typeset by SiliconChips and Diacritech.This process involves them receiving the book and book associated metadata and contacting the authors to finalise the layout. Ubiquity Press work with these suppliers to ensure that personal data is only used for the purposes of typesetting and proofing.
2.4 why we store the data
- We store the account data so that you may choose to become a reviewer and be able to perform those tasks, or to become an author and submit an article and then track progress of that article.
- Published personal data that accompanies an article or a book forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.
2.5 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed
- You are able to view, change and remove your data associated with your profile. Should you choose to completely delete your account, please contact us at email@example.com and we will follow up with your request as soon as possible.
- To conform to publication ethics and best practice any personal data that is published alongside an article or book cannot be removed. If you have a query about a publication to which you are attributed please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
3. When registering as a reviewer
3.1 what data we collect
- To become a reviewer you must first register as a user on the website, and set your preference that you would like to be considered as a reviewer. No new personal data is collected when a registered user elects to become a reviewer.
- Reviewers can also be registered by editors who invite them to review a specific article. This requires the editor to provide the reviewer’s First Name, Last Name, and Email address. Normally this will be done as part of the process of inviting you to review the article or book.
- On submitting a review, the reviewer includes a competing interest statement, they may answer questions about the quality of the article, and they will submit their recommendation.
3.2 why we collect the data
- The data entered is used to invite the reviewer to peer review the article or book, and to contact the reviewer during and the review process.
- If you submit a review then the details of your review, including your recommendation, your responses to any review form, your free-form responses, your competing interests statement, and any cover letter are recorded.
3.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data
- This data is not shared publicly and is only accessible by the Editor and system administrators of that journal or press.
- The data will only be used in connection with that journal or press.
- Data that is retained post final decision is kept to conform to publication ethics and best practice, to provide evidence of peer review, and to resolve any disputes relating to the peer review of the article or book.
- For journals or presses that publish the peer reviews, you will be asked to give consent to your review being published, and a subset of the data you have submitted will become part of the published record.
3.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed
- If you would no longer like to be registered as a reviewer you can edit your profile and tick the box ‘stop being a reviewer’. This will remove you from the reviewer database, however any existing reviews you may have carried out will remain.
- If you have been contacted by an editor to peer review an article this means that you have been registered in the system. If you would not like to be contacted for peer review you can reply to the email requesting that your data be deleted.
4. When being registered as a co-author
4.1 what data we collect
- Co-author data is entered by the submitting author. The submitting author will already have a user account. According to standard publishing practice, the submitting author is responsible for obtaining the consent of their co-authors to be included (including having their personal data included) in the article/book being submitted to the journal/press.
- The requested personal data for co-authors are at the bare minimum; first name, last name, institution, country, email address. This can also include; ORCID ID, Title, Middle Name, Biographical Statement, Department, Twitter Handle, Linkedin Profile Name or ImpactStory ID.
4.2 why we collect the data
- Assuming that it is accepted for publication, this data forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.
- Author names, affiliations and emails are required for publication and will become part of the permanent cited record.
4.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data
- The co-author’s personal data is stored in the author database. This personal data is only used in relation to the publication of the associated article.
- Any co-author data collected is added to the author database and is only used in association with the article the user is co-author on.
4.5 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data, or want your data to be removed
- To receive a copy of your data, please contact email@example.com
5. When signing-up to receive newsletters
5.1 what data we collect
- We require you to include your name and email address
5.2 why we collect and store the data, and for how long
- This data would be collected to keep you updated with any news about the platform or specific journal
5.3 what we do (and don’t do) with the data
5.4 what to do if you want to get a copy of your data or want your data to be removed
- All emails sent via our newsletter client will include a link that will allow you to unsubscribe from the mailing list
Notification about change of ownership or of control of data
We may choose to buy or sell assets. In the case that control of data changes to or from Ubiquity Press and a third party, or in the case of change of ownership of Ubiquity Press or of part of the business where the control of personal data is transferred, we will do our best to inform all affected users and present the options.
(Updated: 18 May 2018)