Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

tripleC is an academic open access journal that publishes and provides articles in its field of studies (as specified in its aims and objectives) to readers free of charge based on a Creative Commons licence.

1. Collection and Use of Personal Data and Article-Related Data:

tripleC stores personal data about its registered users in a database for the following purposes:
- The organisation of the review of scientific articles
- The publication of scientific articles, reflections and comments based on a Creative Commons licence.
- The storage and provision of scientific articles, reflections and comments based on a Creative Commons licence.
The personal data processed includes the following variables that are entered in the registration process of a user: first name, last name, affiliation, country, email, username, password (encrypted).

We furthermore besides the actual article store article metadata for every submission and published article: article section, article title, article subtitle, abstract, article keywords (optional), author’s biographical statement (optional), author-website (optional), author-ORCID (optional).


By registering to the journal as user, the user agrees to the processing of the above-mentioned personal data. By submitting an article, the user agrees to the storage of the article-file and metadata.

2. Legal Basis

There are three legal grounds on which we rely to use data:

(a) Contract: Submission of an article to tripleC constitutes a contract between the author(s) and the journal as part of which the author(s) give(s) the journal the right to publish the final version of the paper based on a CC-BY-NC-ND licence in case it is accepted and to index the publicly available article-related data. In order for us to fulfil our obligations under this contract, we need to collect and process certain information such as the data specified in this Privacy Policy.

(b) Legitimate interests: As a data controller, we rely on our legitimate interest to process the personal information you provide to us when you use or register on our site. We will only use your data in ways you would reasonably expect.

(c) Consent: We will collect or process your personal data for specified purposes where you have given active and explicit consent for us to do so. 

3. Data Disclosure

tripleC does not export personal data of registered users from its user database for sharing with third parties unless it is strictly necessary. It only processes data for specified purposes and purposes of the journal’s legitimate interests.

tripleC shares publicly accessible article-meta data (such as article title, article URL, article author name(s), article author affiliation(s), article abstract, article keywords, article DOI) for the purpose of indexing, scholarly search and better visibility with services such as the Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ), CrossRef (for creating Digital Object Identifiers [DOI]), Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, Communication Source, CSA Sociological Abstracts.

We do not collect or store personal data (such as IP-addresses) about non-registered users who visit tripleC for accessing articles. We collect aggregated data on readership behaviours as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication. This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge in an anonymised and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.

4. Communication with Registered Users

tripleC communicates with registered users for the purpose of organising reviews and publishing articles.

tripleC neither sells access to articles as a commodity nor does it charge general article processing charges (APCs) for the basic publication of standard-length articles nor does it sell its audience and data as commodity in the form of advertising. We therefore differ from the vast majority of journals that either sell access or publishing capacity or audience data as commodity. Given tripleC’s organisational model, its existence and financial basis are volatile. We depend on institutional support, donations and other unconventional, modest income sources.

Given tripleC’s volatile finances, it is a legitimate interest that we obtain voluntary financial support by institutions and individuals that does not take on commodity form. The journal on occasion contacts registered users to ask them to help supporting this legitimate interest. Users who register with tripleC can be reasonably expected to support and have an interest in the continued existence of tripleC.

5. User Rights

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for data subject rights. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of the public interest in the availability of the data, which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

tripleC recognises the right to be forgotten of registered users. If you want the journal to delete all personal data associated with your registered user profile, contact christian.fuchs@triple-c.at. The personal data will be deleted without undue delay. As a public knowledge project with academic character, tripleC archives all its articles in publicly accessible format, which is an archiving purposes in the public interest with a scientific research purpose. The right to be forgotten does not apply to articles and article-related data and meta-data (including author data). The journal needs to store article-related data and meta-data for all published articles in order to fulfil its scientific purpose as public knowledge project with academic character.

6. Cookies

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