Terms and Conditions

Date modified: January 6, 2017

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) apply to your use of the Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science (JIDPS) websites (https://jidps.rndsphere.com), applications, services and products (“Services” or individually a “Service”) that post a link to these Terms and Conditions and that are provided by RnDSphere ("RnDSphere", "we", "us" or "our").

By accessing or using any of the Services, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions expressly incorporate by reference and include the Service's Privacy Policy and any guidelines, policies or additional terms or disclaimers that may be posted and/or updated on the Service or on notices that are sent to you. If you do not agree with these Terms and Conditions, please do not use the Services.

Acceptable use

You must not use this website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the website; or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity. You must not use this website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software. You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to this website without RnDSphere' express written consent.

User content

In these terms and conditions, “user content” means material (including without limitation text, documents, images, audio material, video material and audio-visual material) that you submit to this website, for whatever purpose. Our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send or receive user content. Except as otherwise provided in any additional terms for a Service, we do not claim ownership of any content, application or other material that you or third parties provide to us (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input or submit on or through the Services, including our blog pages, message boards, comment or discussion features, chat rooms and forums, for review by the general public, registered users of the Services or by the members of any public or private community ("Submission"), and you retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in the Submission. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or compliance with relevant laws or regulations of any Submission that contains content that is not owned by RnDSphere. However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting ("Posting") a Submission, you grant us (and those we work with) a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to publish, post, reformat, index, archive, make available and link to such Submission in all forms and media (whether now known or later developed), in connection with the operation of our respective businesses (including, without limitation, the Services) and to permit others to do so. You shall not make any Submission anonymously, and you warrant and represent that any such Submission is original, and has been written by you. We are under no obligation to display or otherwise use any Submission you may provide, and we may remove any Submission at any time in our sole discretion. By Posting such a Submission, you also warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for granting the permission specified above.

You may not use the Services to publish or distribute any information (including software or other content) which is illegal, which violates or infringes upon the rights of any other person, which is defamatory, abusive, hateful, profane, pornographic, threatening or vulgar, which contains errors, viruses or other harmful components, or which is otherwise actionable at law. RnDSphere may at any time exercise editorial control over the Content of the Services.

We shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor Submissions to determine compliance with these Terms and Conditions and any operating rules we establish and to satisfy any law, regulation or authorized government request. We shall have the right in our sole discretion to edit, refuse to post, or remove any Submission.

Notification of Infringement

Notifications regarding any alleged intellectual property infringement should be directed to the JIDPS Office, the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS) by filling the Contact Form.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Liability

RNDSPHERE AND ITS SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS PROVIDE THE SERVICES AND ALL CONTENT AND ANY SUBMISSION INCLUDED IN OR ACCESSIBLE FROM THE SERVICES "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS OF ANY KIND (EXPRESS, IMPLIED AND STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE AND NONINFRINGEMENT AND THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE), ALL OF WHICH RnDSphere AND ITS SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS DISCLAIM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES AND ALL CONTENT AND SUBMISSIONS, INCLUDED IN OR ACCESSIBLE FROM THE SERVICES ARE AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

To the extent permitted under applicable law, neither RnDSphere nor its suppliers and licensors assume responsibility for any injury and/or damage to persons, animals or property as a matter of products liability, malpractice, failure to warn, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any ideas, instructions, methods, tests, products or procedures displayed on the Services or incorporated in the Content or any Submission includedin or accessible from the Services. Practitioners and researchers must rely on their own experience, knowledge and judgment in evaluating or applying any information, which remains their professional responsibility.  Because of rapid advances in the medical sciences and changes in government regulations and clearances, we recommend that independent verification of diagnoses, treatments, indications choice of drugs and drug dosages should be made. Discussions, views, and recommendations expressed may not be considered absolute and universal for every situation. RnDSphere will not be liable for the failure by any user of the Services, Content or Submission to use due care in the use and validation of results made available through the Services or included in the Content or any Submission, nor will RnDSphere be liable for any medical treatment provided by users to their patients, whether or not the Services, Content or Submission were used in connection with such treatment.

TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL RNDSPHERE OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, PERSONAL INJURY (INCLUDING DEATH), LOSS OF PROFITS, CORRUPTION OR LOSS OF DATA, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR ANY OTHER COMMERCIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES OR THE CONTENT OR SUBMISSIONS, OR SHALL THE LIABILITY OF RnDSphere OR ITS SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS EXCEED A SUM EQUAL TO THE FEES PAID BY YOU HEREUNDER, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

RnDSphere does not claim ownership, endorse or take responsibility for any third-party products, information, guidelines, materials or services that may be offered, advertised, provided or displayed on the Service or incorporated in the Content or any Submission contained on, accessible from or distributed through the Services.

Indemnity

You hereby indemnify RnDSphere and undertake to keep RnDSphere indemnified against any losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including without limitation legal expenses and any amounts paid by RnDSphere to a third party in settlement of a claim or dispute on the advice of RnDSphere' legal advisers) incurred or suffered by RnDSphere arising out of any breach by you of any provision of these Terms and Conditions, and your use of or inability to use any of the Services or the Content or Submissions.

Registered User Grant of License

Some sites may require you to register. If registration is required, you agree to provide accurate and complete registration information. It is your responsibility to inform RnDSphere of any changes to that information. Each registration is for a single individual only, unless specifically designated otherwise on the registration page. RnDSphere does not permit a) anyone other than you to use the sections requiring registration by using your name or password; or b) access through a single name being made available to multiple users on a network or otherwise. As a registered user of a Service, RnDSphere grants to you a non-transferable, non-exclusive and revocable license to use the Service according to these Terms and Conditions. Except as expressly granted herein or in any other agreement you have with RnDSphere, you acquire no right, title or license in the Service or any Content or Submission accessed from or incorporated in the Service.

Password Use and Security

If you use a password to access a Service, you must not reveal your password and must take reasonable steps to keep your password confidential and secure. You agree to immediately notify RnDSphere if you become aware of or have reason to believe that there is any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security. RnDSphere is in no way liable for any claims or losses related to the use or misuse of your password or account due to the activities of any third party outside of our control or due to your failure to maintain their confidentiality and security.

About These Terms and Conditions

Term and Termination: Any license granted to you to use any Service is effective until it expires, until RnDSphere terminates it, or until you provide notice to RnDSphere of your decision to terminate it. Your rights under the license will terminate automatically without notice to you if you fail to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms and Conditions. RnDSphere reserves the right to suspend, discontinue or change a Service, or its availability to you, at any time without notice. Upon termination of the license to a Service, you shall cease all use of the Service.

Compliance with Laws: You agree to comply with relevant laws and regulations that apply to your use of the Services, Content or any Submission.

Severability: If any provision in these Terms and Conditions is held invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, the remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect.

Governing Laws and Venue: All matters relating to your access to or use of the Services, Content or any Submission, including all disputes, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas and the federal laws of the United States applicable thereto. Any claim arising out of or in connection with your use of or inability to use the Service or the Content or any Submission must be brought within one (1) year after the event or such claim is barred.

Changes: RnDSphere reserves the right to change, modify, add or remove portions of these Terms and Conditions at its sole discretion at any time and without prior notice. Please check these Terms and Conditions periodically for any modifications. Your continued use of any Service following the posting of any changes will mean that you have accepted and agreed to the changes.