General Privacy Information

Please refer to our general privacy statement.

Usage Statistics

In order to be able to analyse usage and impact of our journal and the published articles, we collect and log access to the journal’s homepage, issues, articles, galleys and supplementary files. In the process all data is anonymised. No personal information is logged. IP addresses are anonymised by being hashed (using SHA 256) in combination with a secure 64 characters long salt that is automatically randomly generated and overridden on a daily basis. Therefore IP addresses cannot be reconstructed. The anonymization is carried out on the legal basis of Art. 6 (1) p. lit f DSGVO on the assumption that this serves your legitimate interests, as its purpose is to remove the personal reference of your IP address by anonymization. It is also carried out on the legal basis of Art. 6 para. 1 p. lit f DSGVO for the purpose of fulfilling our obligation to data economy.

The following information is collected next to the anonymised IP addresses:

  • Access type (i.e. administrative)
  • Request time
  • Requested URL
  • HTTP status code
  • Browser

The collected data is only used for evaluation purposes. No IP addresses are mapped to user IDs. It is technically impossible to trace a specific set of data to a specific IP address.