Terms of Service
Description of service
YOU AND ACS AUTHORING SERVICES (“ACS AuS”, “WE”, “US”, AND “OUR”) AGREE THAT YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEB SITE LOCATED AT authoringservices.acs.org (THE “WEB SITE”) AND THE EDITING SERVICES OFFERED VIA THE WEB SITE BY ACS AuS (THE “SERVICES”) IS SUBJECT TO YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, WHICH WILL BECOME A BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND ACS AuS (THE “AGREEMENT”). ACS AuS IS WILLING TO ALLOW YOU ACCESS TO THE WEB SITE AND PROVIDE THE SERVICES ONLY UPON THE CONDITION THAT YOU ACCEPT ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY. BY USING THIS WEBSITE AND/OR THE SERVICES, YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE.
The Services are available only to persons who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, the Services are not available to individuals under the age of 18. If you are under 18, then you are not permitted to use the Services. In order to receive the Services, you must pay in advance the applicable fee unless ACS AuS agrees that you may make payment pursuant to another payment plan. ACS AuS may increase its fees at any time. You must complete the registration form in order to use the Services. You agree that all information provided by you in connection with the registration and sign-up process (“Registration Information”) will be true, accurate, current, and complete and that you will promptly update your Registration Information as necessary such that it is, at all times, true, accurate, complete, and current. As part of the registration process, you will identify a username and password for your ACS AuS account. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account, passwords, and files, and for all uses of your account and of the Services in your name. ACS AuS reserves the right to refuse registration of, or cancel, accounts at any time and for any reason, as ACS AuS deems appropriate. Upon termination of your registration as a “user”, you will no longer be allowed access to the Web Site or the Services offered through the Web Site. ACS AuS also reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Service with or without notice at any time and without any liability to you.
Your intellectual property rights
ACS AuS and its employees make no claims on any work submitted to us for proofreading or editing. Any documents, content, material, works or other intellectual property submitted by you (collectively, “Documents”), will remain your intellectual property. ACS AuS Editors have signed a confidentiality agreement to waive their claim to any intellectual property and Documents submitted though the Service. You represent and warrant that: (i) you have obtained all necessary third party rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, for any Documents or portions thereof that belong to third parties, which are necessary for ACS AuS to provide Services in connection with the Documents: (ii) the Documents will not contain, any infringing, illegal, sexually explicit, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable material, including, without limitation, any material that could give rise to any liability to ACS AuS or which might adversely affect the ACS AuS public image, reputation or goodwill; and (iii) the Documents to not include any infringing, misappropriated or plagiarized content that you do not have the rights to use. It is your responsibility to determine if it is necessary for you to obtain, and for obtaining, any licenses required to use third party content which is part of the Documents. You will be responsible for making back-up and archival copies of your documents. In no event will ACS AuS be responsible to you or any other person for any loss, corruption or alteration of Documents.
You agree to indemnify and hold ACS AuS and its directors, officers, agents, contractors, partners and employees, harmless from and against any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of any claim, action, investigation or proceeding made or instituted by any third party due to or arising out of:
(i) your breach of any representations or warranties made by you hereunder or your breach of any term of this Agreement;
(ii) your use of the Services or the Web Site in violation of this Agreement; or
(iii) or your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.
You hereby agree not to sue, assist in or be a voluntary party to assist in or be a voluntary party to, except as required by law, any action, suit, or proceeding against ACS AuS for any claims, actions, suits, damages, liability, losses or expenses of whatever kind or however arising out of or relating to your use of the Web Site or the Services.
Our intellectual property rights
You acknowledge that ACS AuS owns all right, title and interest in and to the Web Site and the Services (the “ACS AuS Rights”), and such ACS AuS Rights are protected by U.S. and international intellectual property laws. You also agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automated device, or manual process to monitor or copy any content from the Web Site.
This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the District of Columbia of the United States of America. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Any such arbitration shall be before a single arbitrator and shall be convened in the District of Columbia. You agree that, any provision of applicable law notwithstanding, the arbitrator shall have the authority to award the prevailing party its costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. In the event that the above arbitration provision is held invalid or unenforceable, then any dispute with respect to this Agreement shall be brought and heard either in state or federal courts within the District of Columbia. In such event, you consent to the in personam jurisdiction and venue of such courts. You agree that service of process upon you in any such action may be made if delivered in person, by courier service, by telegram, by telefacsimile or by first class mail, and shall be deemed effectively given upon receipt.
Disclaimer of warranties
ACS AuS is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the Web Site. The Web Site and the Services may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for various reasons. ACS AuS assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, the Web Site. ACS AuS is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment or software, or the failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, including injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials or Documents in connection with the Web Site or the Services. THE WEB SITE AND THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS-IS” AND ACS AuS DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. ACS AuS CANNOT GUARANTEE AND DOES NOT PROMISE ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS FROM USE OF THE WEB SITE AND/OR THE SERVICES.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that ACS AuS does not: (i) review the substance of Documents submitted to it; or (ii) guaranty the quality, accuracy or results of the Services. No refunds shall be provided except as set expressly agreed to by ACS AuS.
Limitation of liability
IN NO EVENT WILL ACS AuS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR LOST DATA ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE OR THE SERVICES, EVEN IF ACS AuS IS AWARE OR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ACS AuS DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES FOR SERVICES RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE WEB SITE. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, ACS AuS’S LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE LESSER OF: (A) THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO ACS AuS FOR THE SERVICES; AND (B) TEN DOLLARS ($10). THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THESE LIMITATIONS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS AGREEMENT AND SHALL SURVIVE ANY REMEDY’S FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
Notification of changes
ACS AuS reserves the right to modify or amend these Terms of Service at any time by notifying you of such changes. The changes will only affect your use of the Services after the effective date of the change unless we clearly express otherwise. Your use of the Services after ACS AuS provides you with notice of such changes shall be deemed your approval of such changes.
In the case of overpayment, ACS AuS will provide a credit to your ACS AuS account which is not redeemable for cash. The ACS AuS credit can be used to submit future manuscripts.
Credits, Holds and Offsets
Please be advised that if we receive any claim or threat of a claim, which is related to your use of the Services, we may put a “hold” on any account you have with us, including any monies held on your behalf. Furthermore, to the extent that you owe us any amounts as a consequence your use of the Services or our settlement of any claim made against you, we may, in our sole discretion, deduct all or a portion of such amounts from any amounts held by us in your account. Any such deduction will not relieve you of any obligation to pay the remainder of any amounts due from you to us.
This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement between you and ACS AuS pertaining to your use of the Web Site and the Services. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions this Agreement at any time without further notice. If we do this, we will post the changes to this Agreement on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the new effective date (i.e., the LAST UPDATED date). Your continued use of the Services or the Web Site after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the revised Agreement. If you do not agree to abide by this Agreement or any future revised Agreement, do not use or access the Services or the Web Site. It is your responsibility to regularly review this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be revised to the extent necessary to cure the invalidity or unenforceability, and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. ACS AuS’s failure to exercise any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.