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At ResearchGate, we always want to make sure you – our 17+ million members – get the best service possible from our platform. That’s why we’re constantly looking for ways to improve, like updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to make them clearer and easier to understand.

Here’s a quick summary of the main changes:

Terms of Service

  • Section 1: General Information
    Extra detail on the nature of our service (what we do).
    Expanded our mission statement.

  • Section 3: Scope of the Service
    More info on what you can expect from our service.

  • Section 4: User Obligations
    A better explanation of your obligations in connection with the service we offer.
    More points added to the list of prohibited actions.

  • Section 8: Changes to the Service
    Simpler explanations and language.

  • Section 9: Changes to these Terms
    Clearer guidance on how new terms come into effect and how you can object if you prefer not to accept them.

  • Section 10: Term, Termination
    To stop someone unauthorized from deleting your account, we may request an identity check.

  • Section 15: Miscellaneous
    Clearer guidance on providing a valid primary email address, and our process for emailing you with necessary notifications.

  • Section 16: No warranty, release, and limitation of liability
    For US users only, we added a new provision partially limiting our liability towards you as a user. 

Privacy Policy

  • Clearer structure to make it easier for you to understand how we process your data.
  • Clearer explanation of which data we process for specific functionalities of the service, and on what basis. 
  • A new section that explains how we use relevant publicly available data. 
  • Our Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy are now in one document, so you can see everything in the same place. 


Please read through the full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

If you agree with these changes, you don’t need to do anything. If you don’t, you’ll need to close your account on or before August 31, 2020

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