What is our community policy?

Supporting good practices

Apr 03, 2018
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As an InspiringSTEM Network member and participant please:

1) Ensure your contributions are relevant to the network topic

The InspiringSTEM Network is primarily for professionals working in STEM, to better connect to their peers and share expertise. Any comments, questions or content you create should be on this topic.

2) Don’t sell or promote stuff! 

Ensure your contributions are not of a promotional nature.

3) Complete your profile

The more detail you add to your profile, the more people will want to engage with you and the more connected you'll be to fellow network participants.

4) Be yourself; please never impersonate another person.

5) Don't violate someone else's privacy.

You can post your own personal details and contact information (but do remember that this is a public forum), but don't post anyone else's personal details or contact information

6) If you have a personal connection to a story or topic, disclose your connection or, where appropriate, do not contribute at all.

7) Cite your sources.

Attribute quotes and paraphrased comments to their proper sources.

8) Don't infringe copyright.

If you want to upload a copy of an image, text, video or any other content, make sure you have the right to reproduce them on the InspiringSTEM Network. Posting copyright material without permission may be unlawful. If you want to discuss someone else’s work, summarise it in your own words. Please see FAQs on 'How can I easily contribute content?' and 'Where can I obtain stunning free images?'

9) Don't post inappropriate links.

You can only post links to another website if the content on that other site abides with these terms and conditions, and if that other website allows you to post links to their website

10) Remember this is a public forum. 

Once your contribution is online, everyone with Internet access may be able to read it. Don't forget that you are legally responsible for what you submit. Please consider how others could perceive your contribution. Please make your contribution clear to ensure that it is not misunderstood. Many different types of people may view your contribution

11) Watch your language.

Please be polite. Do not use swear words, profane, crude or sexual language.

12) Don’t be libellous or abusive.

You must not make or encourage contributions that are:

  • Defamatory, false or misleading;
  • Insulting, threatening or abusive;
  • Obscene or of a sexual nature;
  • Offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic or discriminatory against any religions or other groups.

13) Report inappropriate content.

Please help us maintain high standards of participation. If you consider that a contribution does not comply with these terms and conditions please report it by contacting us. This facility should be used where content is in breach of our terms and conditions, not simply because you disagree with something said.

The InspiringSTEM team reserves the right (although not the obligation) to take down any contribution that it feels to be unsuitable, or which is reported as being unsuitable. In such an instance, the person that made the contribution will be notified. If you are aware that contribution has been removed, you must not deliberately resubmit the same contribution.

Thank you.

Martin Delahunty

Managing Director, InspiringSTEM Network

Founder & Managing Director, InspiringSTEM. Formerly, Global Director at Springer Nature. Highly experienced scientific technical and medical publisher. Extensive experience of working with international science research organisations, universities and academic researchers working on journals, digital communities and conferences. Proud UK Stem Ambassador. Experienced speaker and presenter. European Irish.

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