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House Rules

What are the house rules of the De Gruyter Online community?

De Gruyter Online encourages all users to provide feedback at all times on our titles, content and blogs and to enter into lively exchange with other users on academic themes.

In order to ensure that De Gruyter Online provides all users with a pleasant, professional and secure environment for communication that is as unrestricted as possible, we have formulated the following house rules for communication on De Gruyter Online. The house rules are based on the terms of use for De Gruyter Online that are contained in our GTC, but do not replace these terms of use.

Failure to observe the house rules will lead to deletion of the published content and possibly to exclusion of the user in question from the De Gruyter Online community. De Gruyter will check all published comments and posts within 24 business hours according to the Berlin business day schedule.

Users of De Gruyter Online

  • treat each other with respect.
  • use the De Gruyter Online community services in order to promote a tolerant, constructive, objective dialogue on academic themes and positions.
  • demonstrate fairness and trustworthiness by not claiming to be another person in order to mislead other users or staff of De Gruyter Publishers.
  • ensure that all content they publish on De Gruyter Online has previously been checked for viruses, that they do not post any content that enables third parties to gain unauthorized access to the De Gruyter Online platform and that the use of De Gruyter Online is not hindered by measures that compromise the physical and logical structure of the website.
  • acknowledge that De Gruyter accepts no liability for the content of external links.

The operators of the linked pages are exclusively responsible for their content.

Users of De Gruyter Online do not publish any content, either on the platform or through further links, that

  • could unsettle, provoke, attack, threaten, injure or insult others.
  • is of a racist, sexist, homophobic, pornographic, violence-glorifying, discriminatory or otherwise inappropriate nature.
  • is contrary in speech and means of expression to what is generally understood to be decent and professional.
  • is unlawful and with which the user can render himself culpable, especially by contravening applicable copyright, trademark law, competition law, personality rights or applicable regulations for the protection of minors.
  • advertises the products or services of other enterprises.
  • creates the impression of being formulated by someone other than the actual author.
  • contains contact data such as telephone numbers, postal or e-mail addresses.
  • is written in a language which cannot reasonably be expected to be understood or be translated with relative ease by other users from the core market of De Gruyter (Europe, USA). (De Gruyter Publishers is responsible for judging this issue).
  • calls for actions that could negatively affect the safety or well-being of others.
  • comes into the category of ‘spam’ messages, especially when this involves multiple, serial messages of similar or identical content.
  • is not relevant to the particular theme under discussion (De Gruyter Publishers is responsible for judging this issue).
  • contains non-functioning links, especially such links that lead to error messages.
  • unnecessarily delays the loading time of the website, i.e. which contains images, films or other large files.