Terms of Use

Date of version: December 2014

Thank you for visiting this website (“Site“). These Terms of Use (“Terms“) apply to your use of the Site and any services, products or applications made available to you via the Site.

Please note that we may change these Terms from time to time without notice so you should review them each time that you visit the Site to ensure you understand the terms which will apply at that time. You should print a copy of these Terms for future reference.



By using the Site, you indicate that you have read and accept these Terms and agree to abide by and be bound by all such Terms. If you do not accept all applicable Terms, please refrain from using the Site.

We draw your attention to the limitations on liability contained in clause 12 below and to the consents to data transfer and processing contained in clause 10 below.

1 About us

The Site is operated by Springer Nature Limited, a company registered in England under company number 00785998 with a registered office at The Campus, 4 Crinan Street, LONDON, N1 9XW, United Kingdom, VAT number GB199440621 (“we“, “us“, “our“).

2 Contacting us

2.1 You can contact us following the instructions found on the ‘Contact us’ page on the Site.

2.2 We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and we request that our visitors do the same. It is our policy to terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe the rights of others. If you think your work has been copied in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, you may contact us at help@macmillan.com. Please include all of the following in your notification:

    2.2.1 A physical or electronic signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed;
    2.2.2 a description of the copyrighted work you claim has been infringed;
    2.2.3 a description of where the material you claim is infringing is located on the Site;
    2.2.4 your address, telephone number, email address and all other information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you;
    2.2.5 a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
    2.2.6 a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

3 Using the site

3.1 Users, whether or not registered, must be over 12 years of age. If you are under 16, you must first obtain the consent of your parent or guardian to use or register with the Site. We reserve the right to seek any form of verifiable parental consent as we believe appropriate at any time.

3.2 Access to the Site is permitted on a temporary basis and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the service we provide on the Site or part of the Site without notice. We will not be liable or responsible if for any reason any or all of the Site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

3.3 Use of the Site requires compatible devices, Internet access, and certain software; may require periodic updates; and may be affected by the performance of these factors. High-speed Internet access is strongly recommended. The latest versions of required software (as specified in the Help/FAQs section of the Site) may be required for certain transactions or features and to download products from the Site. You agree that these requirements, which may change from time to time, are your responsibility.

3.4 We may update the Site from time to time, and may change the content at any time. Please note that any of the content on the Site may be out of date at any time, and we are under no obligation to update it.

3.5 You may view (and, where applicable, listen to and/or watch) the content and applications available on the Site for educational purposes only. You may access the Site from within your institution or any other computer, including at home, for use in lessons, seminars, homework, individual study and any other reasonable pedagogic purpose. You must not use or allow others to access or use, all or any part of our Site or the contents and/or applications on it for commercial purposes without our permission. Use of all or any part of any Site or the contents and/or applications on it for commercial purposes shall be subject to separate terms and conditions and may be subject to a fee.

3.6 From time to time we may restrict access to some parts of the Site, or to the entire Site, to users who have registered with us. You must not otherwise alter, adapt or reverse engineer any part of the Site.

3.7 You must not (whether directly or indirectly):

    3.7.1 distribute, transmit, syndicate, sell or offer to sell or otherwise make available all or any part of the Site or in any way seek to commercialise all or part of the combination of materials which together constitute the Site;
    3.7.2 distribute, transmit, syndicate, sell or offer to sell or otherwise make available any content, files, feeds or data from the Site, whether publically available or not, except as specifically permitted by the Site and in compliance with any applicable conditions or restrictions; or
    3.7.3 copy, download, or store any content, files, feeds or data from the Site, whether publically available or not, to make or populate a database or publication of any kind whatsoever, provided that for the avoidance of doubt this is not intended to restrict copying of an insubstantial part of any such material where you are able to show ‘fair dealing’ with it, in each case in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

3.8 You may only play video or audio files made available for streaming using the media player on the Site or on the website of one of our licensees who is displaying such material with our authorisation. Where any videos or other materials are displayed through a third-party embedding service you must comply with all applicable conditions of that third party.

3.9 You should be aware that content, products, applications, services and any other resources may be removed from the Site with or without notice at any time and we accept no responsibility or liability for any reliance by you on the continued availability of any content, products, applications, services or resources on the Site.

3.10 Whether or not you are a registered user, you must not abuse the Site’s social media and rating facilities (or any similar feature) (such as, without limitation, by making malicious reports).

3.11 You are solely liable and responsible for any third-party charges incurred by you in accessing and using the Site, including in particular any network charges for fixed or mobile internet use.

3.12 You may download the specified number of copies of products indicated on the Site as being available for this purpose for personal use or for pedagogical purposes with a class of students within an educational institution. You understand and agree that such products are made available for download by way of a non-exclusive, revocable and personal license only. We do not transfer title to such products to you and this license shall not be considered a “sale” of the content. You own the media on which the products are recorded, if any, but we retain full and complete title to the products (whether on any fixed media or otherwise). You may not:- (i) copy (save as expressly provided in these Terms), redistribute, sell, rent, lease, transfer or sublicense the products; (ii) circumvent, avoid, bypass, remove, deactivate, impair or otherwise defeat any encryption, rights signaling or copy protection technology in which the products are wrapped or otherwise associated with; (iii) edit, modify, translate or create derivative works or adaptations of the products; (iv) decompile copy, reproduce, reverse engineer or disassemble the products (other than to the extent permitted under applicable law); or (v) (iii) operate the products from a network or mainframe system unless with our prior written consent. Your licence to use the products automatically terminates if you fail to comply with any provisions of this license.

3.13 In the event that we offer downloads of software on a Site and you download such software, the software, including any files, images incorporated in or generated by the software, and data accompanying the software (collectively, the “Software”) are licensed to you by us or third-party licensors for your personal, non-commercial home use only or, if expressly authorised, for pedagogical purposes with a class of students within an educational institution. We do not transfer title to the Software to you. Except as permitted under applicable law, you may not distribute or otherwise exploit the Software or decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce the Software to a human-readable form.

3.14 You must not attempt to avoid or undermine any protections we put in place for the security and operation of the Site.

3.15 You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Site, the server on which the Site is hosted or any server, computer or database connected to the Site or to attack the Site via a denial of service attack or by any means other than through a normal web browser in the generally-accepted manner, and in accordance with these Terms. By breaching the provisions of this clause, you may be committing a criminal offence. We shall report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them and your right to use the Site shall immediately and automatically cease.

4 Access tokens

You may be required to use a unique access token provided to you to access the products made available on the Site. The token can only be used once. If the Site is withdrawn or any products, content or software made available for downloading from the Site are removed, you will not be able to use the token to access the Site and/or any such products, content or software, as applicable.