Hosted Journals and Data Privacy

Texas Digital Library and the OJS platform collect certain data from registered and non-registered users of each journal site for the purposes of service provision and service improvement. The data collected falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

Each journal’s editorial team may use this data to guide its work in publishing and improving the journal. As the hosting provider, the Texas Digital Library may use user data in an anonymized and aggregated form. The data will not be sold by Texas Digital Library. Journal teams and the authors published in each journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported there.

Information about specific data collected by the OJS system is available at the following link:


OJS uses cookies to manage user sessions (for which they are required). Cookies aren’t required to simply visit the site and read content.

If a journal site is using the Google Analytics plugin to monitor site usage: Google Analytics uses First-Party Cookies to track user interactions and are used to collect information about how users use the journal site.

Default privacy policy statement

A Privacy Policy can be edited in the application’s settings and subsequently made available on the journal’s About page and at various specific stages of the registration or data submission process, Journal Managers may specify a Privacy Policy in their journals at Settings > Workflow > Submission.

The default privacy statement in any new journal is:

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

TDL does not currently mandate any particular privacy policy.

User Consent

OJS requires new users to consent to the Privacy Policy Statement as part of user registration.

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