Permanency

We have taken steps to ensure that all SpringerOpen publications are deposited in a number of safe digital archives. Should SpringerOpen fail, open access to the publications is guaranteed to continue via those archives.

Corrections and retractions

Corrections to or retractions of published articles will be made by publishing a correction or retraction note and without altering the original article in any way other than to add a prominent link to the note. In this way, the original article remains in the public domain and the subsequent correction or retraction will be widely indexed.

Removal

The preservation of scientific research is a cornerstone of science and as such we will use our best efforts to ensure that material published with SpringerOpen is preserved and remains available for access. However in the exceptional event that material is considered to infringe certain rights or is defamatory we may have no option but to remove that material from our site and those sites on which we have deposited the material in question.

SpringerOpen therefore reserves the right to cease to make available publications that it has been advised are potentially defamatory or that infringe any intellectual property right, or are otherwise unlawful.

Where this occurs the publication will remain indexed. However in place of the content or header the following will appear:

"SpringerOpen regrets that this article/book is no longer available to avoid threatened legal claims".

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