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Rules for usage of Online Journal

IMR users must read the following rules carefully and fill out [Agreement Form], and hand it to the chief staff of your laboratory. Without agreement, you may not use Online Journals.→ English(PDF)Chinese(PDF)


1. (Authorized users of computers)
Only academic, research, and administrative staffs and visiting scholars, postgraduate, and undergraduate students belonging Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University, are allowed to access the Electronic Journals available to Tohoku University, using personal computers(PCs) with IP addresses originating from IMR. Guests of IMR (visiting researchers, joint researchers, etc.) may use the facilities with the permission of the host faculty.

2. (Restrictions on downloading and distribution of printed data)
Authorized users are allowed to download data from Electronic Journals for research purposes only. Downloading does not only mean saving the data to PCs, but also opening and viewing the screen in HTML or PDF format. It is expressly prohibited to deliver or transfer downloaded or printed data to others, regardless of the occasion or the kind of medium (PDF, HTML, or printed paper) used.

3. (Prohibition on excessive downloading or accessing of materials)
Downloading excessive numbers of articles, tables of contents, or abstracts from Electronic Journals is strictly prohibited. The prohibition on excessive downloading includes manual downloads, accessing with a software service, and automated downloads. Some sites count the display of thumbnails of figures and tables in a paper as one access, so even if you display just one abstract, the number of thumbnails of figures and tables is considered to be the number of accesses, and if you display papers one after another even manually, it may be considered as unauthorized mass access.

4. (Paying the cost of service disconnections)
Users who violate rule 2 or 3 will be liable for paying the cost incurred via their own research division. The cost will be calculated based on the severity and duration of the service disconnection.

5. (Compensation for damages)
If the publisher has to seek compensation for damages as a result of a user’s intentional or grossly negligent misuse, the user shall be responsible in whole or in part for the amounts involved.

6. (Security measures)
Users must take their own security measures to prevent mass downloading and access of electronic journals by computer viruses.


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