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Participant Guidelines

The participant rules set out the terms between you and us under which you may use the Journal of Victorian Culture Online (the “Forum”).

This website together with the Forum is operated by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group (“Taylor & Francis”, “we”, “us” or “our”) – whose principal place of business is 4 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RN.

As all our Forums are fully moderated we have tried to keep our Participant Rules to a minimum. Be aware that in exceptional circumstances Taylor & Francis Group could be legally obliged to reveal your registration information and/or IP address to the authorities. For US-based participants, the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution does not apply when posting comments. These are privately owned and operated Forums.

By using the Forum, including, but not limited to, uploading material or content to the Forum, you agree to be bound by these Participant Rules, which supplement our Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree with anything contained in these Participant Rules, please refrain from using the Forum.

These Participant Rules are supplemental to our Terms & Conditions and our Privacy Policy.

Keep your contributions civil, tasteful and relevant so they will be more likely to be published. The quality of the discussion depends on the quality of the posts. Take your time to compose and edit your post. The aim is to make a substantive contribution to academic debate.

We also have rules on how to use the forum. Violation of these rules may result in suspension of your membership. These include:

1. We will not tolerate, for example, defamatory comments or any incitement to commit any crime including incitement of racial hatred or comments which are for the purpose of harm or attempting to harm minors in any way.
2. No swearing. Please don’t use profanities or other words which might offend.
3. Do not post content which you’ve copied from someone else without their permission.
4. No advertising, promotion of products or services, or posting of web links (URLs).
5. Do not make excessive postings. So that we can publish comments from as many different people as possible, participants should keep their number of contributions per debate to a reasonable level. Excessive posts from one individual, or a small number of individuals, discourage many others who might otherwise wish to take part.
6. Abusing the complaints system. Please don’t abuse the complaints system.
7. Do not knowingly transmit, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, key stroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely effect the operation of any computer software or hardware.
8. No spamming or flooding. Don’t repost the same message, or very similar messages, more than once.
9. Please use your bona fide first name and family name.
10. No personal information beyond your name. It is not acceptable to publicise your or anyone else’s contact details. Respect others’ privacy. This is for your own safety and that of everyone who uses this service.
11. Keep your posts relevant. Posts which aren’t relevant will not be accepted.
12. Post in English only. Posts containing languages other than English will not be accepted.
13. No capital letters. This is internet shorthand for raising your voice. You can make your point perfectly well in lower case so please take the caps lock off.
14. Make sure you check your spelling and grammar as we will not be.

Copyright and the law

You own the copyright in your postings, articles and pictures, but you also agree to grant Informa UK Limited trading as Taylor & Francis Group a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licenseable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, play, and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to any such work worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in such content, consistent with privacy restrictions set forth in our Privacy Policy.

If you do not wish to grant such rights to Taylor & Francis Group, you should not submit your contribution to this site.

By submitting your contribution to this site, you also warrant that such contribution:

  • Is your own original work and that you have the right to make it available to Taylor & Francis Group for all the purposes specified above 
  • Is not defamatory 
  • Does not infringe any law

You also agree to indemnify Taylor & Francis Group against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by it as a result of your breach of the above warranty.

You also agree to waive any moral rights in your contribution for the purposes of its submission to and publication on the Taylor & Francis Group site and the other purposes specified above.

You may not post any defamatory or illegal material of any nature. This includes text, graphics, video, and/or audio. Posting a message with the intention of committing or condoning an illegal act is strictly prohibited.

You may not violate, plagiarise, or infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights.

You can read more about copyright here. If there is any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and/or specific terms appearing elsewhere on this site relating to specific material then the latter shall prevail.

About your privacy

If you register with us, our registration process requires you to supply us with your email details, but we will only use this information to validate your access to the discussions and for other service administration purposes in accordance with our Privacy policy.

If you’re under age 18

Under 18’s aren’t allowed to become members.

Suspension and termination

If we, acting reasonably, consider that a breach of the Participant Rules has occurred, we may at our discretion take such action as we deem appropriate. Failure to comply with these Rules constitutes a material breach of the terms of use on which you are permitted to use the Public Areas, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

  • Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use the Forum
  • Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any Contribution already posted on the Forum.
  • Issue of a warning to you.
  • Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
  • Further legal action against you.
  • Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary or as required by law.

We exclude our liability for all action we may take in response to breaches of these Rules. The actions described above are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

Our Role

We will do our best to assess any possible risks for users from third parties when they use our Forum and we will decide in each case whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the Forum (including what moderation to use) in light of those rights. However, we are under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate the Forum and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of the Forum by a user in contravention of these Participant Rules, whether moderated or not.