privacy policy

The IUCr is committed to protecting the privacy of authors and readers using its web sites. This document sets out how it collects and uses information from authors and readers.

What information do we collect?

The IUCr only collects personal information to the extent that this is necessary to provide services to authors and readers using its web sites and to provide web statistics.

Certain types of information such as date and time of day you visit the site, the IP address of the computer you are using, the pages visited are collected automatically (and anonymously) by the use of cookies (see below). Personal information such as your name, email address etc. is only collected when you request certain services from us, for example in submitting an article to us or in purchasing an article; and in these circumstances you knowingly provide this information to us.


Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by web sites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make web sites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Session cookies expire when you close the browser window; persistent cookies remain on your PC after you close the browser window.

We use cookies to ensure you have the best user experience when visiting our web sites. We do not use them to store personal information, and we only set third party cookies where we have no other option. You can disable cookies if you wish and still use the web site. We would recommend against this, however, as you may not be able to use some advanced features of the site. For a full list of cookies used on our web sites, click here.

Information about how to manage cookies on your PC is available on the and Information Commissioner's Office web sites.

Do we share this information?

The IUCr does not share information it collects from users of its web sites with third parties.

An exception to this is email addresses included in the World Directory of Crystallographers; these may be passed on to third parties but only where the individual has expressly agreed to this.

When you submit an article to IUCr Journals as an author, we will not disclose your personal data to any third parties, other than for review purposes (e.g. to editors and reviewers). After publication, we may provide details of your article to third parties to help publicise your article.

How to contact us

If you wish to contact us, for example, to notify us of changes to your personal data, please send an email to, or write to us at IUCr, 5 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU, England (telephone 44 1244 342878, fax 44 1244 314888). You may also make changes to your details directly while you are logged in to our web sites.

This privacy policy will be reviewed periodically and the latest version will always be made available on this page.

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