Our Data Principles

Our mission is to help you obtain legitimate access to the research you need in the fastest way possible. Besides the data you disclose to us on our website (e.g. your email address during registration), Kopernio also collects and uses other data to facilitate the download of journal article PDFs on relevant academic and scientific platforms.

For example, Kopernio can remember your institutional credentials, which are securely encrypted and stored within in your browser to help you get rapid access to PDFs. When you access papers, a copy of the PDF along with information on how and when the document was downloaded, is stored in your private cloud storage called your Kopernio Locker. This handy feature (i) can help you quickly find articles you have previously accessed, (ii) allows Kopernio to try and find updates that may have been published to previously accessed articles and (iii) enables Kopernio to sync PDFs across your devices. This means that we store the information that facilitates the your access to articles and data about the articles in your own Kopernio Locker

We understand that the data you share with us contains private and confidential information, and we pledge to be respectful of your privacy and deserving of your trust in how we handle this data.

When Kopernio handles your personal data, we follow three core principles:

  1. We only use your institutional login credentials to give only you legitimate access to your subscribed resources.

    Your institutional login credentials are only stored locally, in your browser, and are kept safely encrypted. We don't use your institutional login credentials for any purpose other than giving you legitimate access to the papers you request to the papers you request via your institutional subscriptions.

  2. We do not share data with third-parties that would allow you to be individually identified.

    We don't publish or share personally identifiable data with third-parties. Specifically, Kopernio doesn't share the contents of your Kopernio Locker, or information on what you are downloading or reading. You may of course explicitly decide to share this data with other researchers, e.g. when you invite other users to Kopernio. Full disclosure: we rely on third-parties for the hosting of Kopernio's technical infrastructure including servers and databases.

  3. Your data and your content are owned by you.

    Whatever data and content you upload to your Kopernio account is owned by you. We do not claim any ownership rights. You can delete your data at any time by sending us an account deletion request to [email protected]

Aggregate statistics

From all the users' individual accounts, we anonymously aggregate metadata and statistics, some of which may be made available to the Kopernio community. Nothing about you personally can be inferred from the aggregated statistics. One example: the Kopernio community will be able to see that a certain journal article had 5,713 downloads and was the most popular journal article in biology last week. However, nobody except you will know whether you were one of these 5,713 readers.

We believe that aggregating the data in this way benefits both you and the research community at large, because:

  1. it improves the speed by which we can help other researchers to access this and similar papers,
  2. yields insights into research trends in different academic disciplines,
  3. lays the foundation for new journal article recommendation engines,
  4. enables you to discover the most interesting people in your academic discipline, and
  5. helps to build the fastest and most convenient network for research paper access, free to use for everyone.

We hope you find these principles useful, understandable, and acceptable. For the full-length "legal language" version, please have a look at our Privacy Policy. If you have questions, ideas, or concerns, please send them to [email protected]