privacy policy

The International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) is committed to protecting the privacy of authors, readers and other users of its web sites. This document sets out how it collects and uses information from these parties.

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.

The types of personal information that we collect from you may include:

  • Contact details, such as your name, email address, postal address and telephone number
  • IP address of your computer
  • Tracking codes such as cookies
  • Usernames and passwords
  • Communication preferences

Certain types of information such as date and time of day you visit the site, the IP address of the computer you are using, and 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 provide this information direct to us.

If you participate in the World Directory of Crystallographers (WDC), you can elect whether to include additional personal information such as your year of birth, education, and professional roles and interests in your public WDC entry.

Do we share this information?

The IUCr does not share information it collects from users of its web sites with third parties, except as described below or where we have asked for explicit consent to do so.

When you submit an article to IUCr Journals as an author, we may share your personal data for review purposes (e.g. to editors and reviewers), or for plagiarism or validation checking. Likewise, we may also pass on your data to our publication partner, Wiley, to allow your article to be processed.

After acceptance of your article for publication, we may provide details of your article to third parties to help publicise and disseminate your article after publication. In such cases, we will only provide information that will be publicly available in your published article.

Will my information be used for marketing purposes?

Your information will only be used for marketing purposes where you have given explicit consent for us to do so.


We will use reasonable and appropriate security measures to help protect your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure.


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 make your online browsing as easy as possible 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 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.

How to contact us

If you wish to contact us, for example, to notify us of changes to your personal data, or to ask us whether or not we hold or process any of your personal information, 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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