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OpenScienceLink Platform – Terms and Conditions

OpenScienceLink Platform – Terms and Conditions


The OSL Platform ( is a set of web services that enables the publication, sharing, linking, review and evaluation of research results, based on the open access to scientific information.

The OSL platform is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions and notices contained herein. Your use of the OSL Platform Site constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, and notices.

The Legal Notice and Privacy Policy are also incorporated herein by reference.



The Site is operated by

The OpenScienceLink Consortium
Technische Universität Dresden
European Project Center (EPC)
01062 Dresden – Germany




OSL reserves the right to change the terms, conditions and notices under which the OSL platform is offered.


As a condition of your use of the OSL platform, you warrant to OSL that you will not use the OSL Platform for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions and notices. You may not use the OSL platform in any manner, which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the OSL Platform or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the OSL Platform. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the OSL Platform.

You must not:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
  • Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information. You represent and warrant that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the intellectual property rights granted herein to any content submitted.
  • Upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) or provide links to sites where other users can obtain unauthorized downloads, unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents.
  • Upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer.
  • Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless specifically allowed by OSL Platform.
  • Conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters.
  • Download any file posted by another user of OSL Platform that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
  • Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying OSL Platform.
  • Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines, which may be applicable.
  • Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent.
  • Violate any applicable laws or regulations.

You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the OSL Platform, for any posts, comments or text messages you make, for any datasets,
papers and metadata you upload, and for any consequences thereof.
OSL has no obligation to monitor the OSL Platform. However,
OSL reserves the right to review materials posted to the OSL Platform and to remove any materials in its sole discretion.

OSL reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the OSL Platform at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever. OSL reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in OSL sole discretion.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children on the OSL Platform. OSL does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in OSL Platform and, therefore, OSL
specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the OSL Platform and any actions resulting from your participation in OSL Platform. Managers and hosts are not authorized OSL spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of OSL. Materials uploaded to OSL Platform may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.



OSL does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to OSL (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit to any OSL Platform or its associated services (collectively “Submissions”). You retain any copyright you may have in your content. However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting OSL, its affiliated companies and necessary sub-licensees royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive worldwide license to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your Submission (in whole or in part); and to publish your name in connection with your Submission. By submitting this content, you warrant that you have the right to grant this license.
No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. OSL is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may remove any Submission at any time in OSL sole discretion.
By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.



The OSL platform may contain links to other Web Sites (“Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of OSL and OSL is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. OSL is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. OSL is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by OSL of the site or any association with its operators.

You may establish a Link to the OSL Site, provided that:

  1. The link is not detrimental to and/or does not take unfair advantage of our reputation or business;
  2. The link does not falsely suggest that we endorse, approve of or are associated with your website or any of its contents; and
  3. Framing is not allowed and you must not provide access to the Site or part of it under any other URL (e.g. by domain forwarding, URL re-direction or similar).



  1. Only one registration per person is allowed. You must keep your registration information up to date.
  2. You must choose a personal email address, which gives you frequent access to emails sent to that address, as we need to be able to contact you. You must keep your password confidential.
  3. You must not:
    1. impersonate or try to impersonate another person;
    2. disclose your password to anyone else;
    3. allow anyone else use to your account;
    4. use anyone else’s account.
  4. You are responsible for everything done using your account, even if someone else is using your registration details without your knowledge. If you think that someone else may have access to, or be using, your password or account, you must tell us as soon as possible by emailing



The OSL Platform reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or prevent your registration to the OSL Platform and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. This is the case, for example, where we consider that you have repeatedly breached or will breach these Terms or our Privacy Policy or someone has reported abuse.



  1. The information contained on the Site is for information purposes only and does not constitute advice. The information, software, products, and services included in or available through the OSL Platform may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. OSL and/or its suppliers may make improvements and/or changes in the OSL Platform at any time. Advice received via the OSL Platform should not be relied upon for personal, medical, legal or financial decisions and you should consult an appropriate professional for specific advice tailored to your situation. OSL and/or its suppliers make no representations about the suitability, reliability, availability, timeliness, and accuracy of the information, software, products, services and related graphics contained on the OSL Platform for any purpose to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, all such information, software, products, services and related graphics are provided “as is” without warranty or condition of any kind. OSL and/or its suppliers hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, software, products, services and related graphics, including all implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement.
  2. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall OSL and/or its suppliers be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential damages or any damages whatsoever including, without limitation, damages for loss of use, data or profits, arising out of or in any way connected with the use or performance of the OSL Platform, with the delay or inability to use the OSL Platform or related services, the provision of or failure to provide services, or for any information, software, products, services and related graphics obtained through the OSL Platform, or otherwise arising out of the use of the OSL Platform, whether based on contract, tort, negligence, strict liability or otherwise, even if OSL or any of its suppliers has been advised of the possibility of damages. Because some states/jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the above limitation may not apply to you. If you are dissatisfied with any portion of the OSL Platform, or with any of these terms of use, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the OSL Platform.



The handling and protection of the personal data of the OSL Platform is governed by the terms hereof and the provisions of German, European and international law on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, as well as Decisions of the German Data Protection Authority, as specified in the OSL Privacy Notice.



If you think your work has been copied in a manner that constitutes intellectual property rights infringement, you may either use the ‘Report this Comment’ facility or notify our copyright agent, who can be reached at:

The OpenScienceLink Consortium
Technische Universität Dresden
European Project Center (EPC)
01062 Dresden – Germany




Please include all of the following information in your notification:

  1. a physical or electronic signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed;
  2. a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  3. a description of where the material you claim is infringing is located on the site;
  4. your address, telephone number, email address and all other information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you;
  5. 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 the law; and
  6. a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of any exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.



This agreement is governed by German law and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of Courts in Germany, in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the OSL Platform.

Use of the OSL platform is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph.



You agree to hold harmless and indemnify the OSL consortium, and any of the parties involved in OSL, or their subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from and against any third-party claim arising from or in any way related to: (a) your use of the OSL Platform, (b) your breach or alleged breach of any of the terms, restrictions, obligations or representations under this agreement, including any liability or expense arising from all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, the OSL consortium or any party involved in OSL will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit or action.