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Use of Cookies – June 2016

The website uses cookies.

About cookies:

Cookies are files, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website, and to identify users returning to a website.

Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

We recommend that you have your cookies enabled so that we can provide you with content and services you require. With cookies disabled we may not be able to provide you with an optimum service.

Cookies on the website:

We use both session cookies and persistent cookies on the website.

We use “Strictly Necessary” cookies for the operation of the site such as making e-commerce purchases or accessing secure areas of the website.

We use “Functional Cookies” that for example remember your username. This allows us to personalise your visit to the website.

We use “Performance Cookies”. The cookies help us with analysis to understand why and how visitors use our website and which parts of the site they visit. These cookies collect anonymous information about visitors. This allows us to improve the functionality of the website for our visitors.

The following performance cookies are used on this site are:

Google Analytics:

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). Google Analytics uses what is known as “cookies”, text files which are stored on your computer to allow us to analyse your use of the websites. The information generated by the cookie regarding your use of this website will, as a rule, be transmitted to and stored on a server of Google in the US. Due to the IP anonymisation on this website, your IP address is shortened by Google within the territory of Member States of the European Union or in other signatory States to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will your full IP address be transmitted to a server of Google in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on our behalf to analyse your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and provide additional services relating to website use and internet use to the website operator. The IP address collected through Google Analytics from your browser will not be merged with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

You may also prevent Google from collecting and storing information in cookies, from storing information about your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing such information by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at the following link:
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For more information about privacy policies and Google Analytics, please refer to the Google website:
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Webtrekk:

This website uses Webtrekk, a web analytics service provided by Webtrekk GmbH, Robert-Koch-Platz 4, D-10115 Berlin (“Webtrekk”). We use Webtrekk services to collect and use statistical data on the use of our website to optimise our offering. In addition to cookies, Webtrekk also uses pixels (small gif files incorporated into the website).

Webtrekk places the following types of cookies on your computer:

  • last click (used for session timeout; lasts one session)
  • “session cookie” (used for session identification; lasts one session)

The following information is collected through the use of pixels:

  • request (file name of the requested file)
  • browser type/version (e.g. Internet Explorer 9.0)
  • browser language (e.g. German)
  • the operating system used (e.g. Windows 7)
  • JavaScript enabled
  • Java on/off
  • cookies on/off
  • the referrer URL
  • IP address (will be anonymised immediately and deleted after processing)
  • the time you access the site
  • clicks
  • product parameters (e.g. the ID of the product/subscription authorising you to access the site)

These cookies are used for statistical purposes only, e.g. to track which content of our website is accessed the most. This allows us to organise content into categories like “most read”, thereby making the website more comfortable to use. Moreover, the statistical information obtained about browser types and operating systems allows us to optimise our web design.

Webtrekk stores IP addresses only anonymously (in shortened form) and uses them only for session identification and geo-localisation. After that, IP addresses are immediately deleted. The information collected through Webtrekk will not be used to identify you personally unless you have specifically given us your consent.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

For more information about privacy policies and Webtrekk, please refer to the Webtrekk website:
https://www.webtrekk.com/en/why-webtrekk/data-protection/

How we use cookies:

Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. The cookies used on the website include those which are strictly necessary cookies for access and navigation, cookies that track usage (performance cookies), remember your choices (functionality cookies), and cookies that provide you with targeted content or advertising.

We may use the information we obtain from our cookies for the following purposes:

  1. to recognise your computer when you visit the website
  2. to track you as you navigate the website, and to enable the use of any e-commerce facilities
  3. to improve the website's usability
  4. to analyse the use of the website
  5. in the administration of the website
  6. to personalise the website for you, including targeting advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.

Cookies we currently use are:

Sim-user-token nature.com Springer Token Service (STS) used to identify individual user
Sim-inst-token nature.com Springer Token Service (STS) used to identify individual user
nanoObject-count nano.nature.com NanoWebapp uses it to store the count of nanoobject results on tab
patent-count nano.nature.com NanoWebapp uses it to store the count of patent results on tab
article-count nano.nature.com NanoWebapp uses it to store the count of article results on tab
trackid nature.com Track API uses the session id stored in this cookie
wt3_eid, wt3_isd nature.com used by webtrekk
wt_nbg_Q3 springergmbh01.webtrekk.net used by webtrekk

Third party cookies:

When you use the website, you may also be sent third party cookies.

The following cookies are used for the purposes of analytics.

The cookies are placed by Webtrekk GmbH, Robert-Koch-Platz 4, 10115 Berlin, Deutschland

wt3_eid, wt3_isd nature.com used by webtrekk for analysis
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You may object at any time to the collection of the data referred to above, and opt out of any future processing of such data by Webtrekk, by placing the opt-out cookie available at the following link on your computer:
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You will then continue to be excluded from web tracking until the cookie is deleted. The cookie is set for the named domain, per browser and computer. Therefore, if you visit our website, for instance, from home and from work or using different browsers, you have to place the cookie for each computer and browser separately.

Blocking cookies:

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:

  1. in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy", and selecting "Block all cookies" using the sliding selector;
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  4. in Safari you can block cookies by clicking “Preferences”, selecting the “Privacy” tab and “Block cookies”.

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Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you may not be able to use certain features on the website (log on, access content, use search functions).

Deleting cookies:

You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer:

  1. in Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files;
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  4. in Safari you can delete cookies by clicking “Preferences”, selecting the “Privacy” tab and “Remove All Website Data”.

Obviously, doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

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