Terms of Service
Description of service
YOU AND MEDICAL RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL (“MRI” “WE”, “US”, AND “OUR”) AGREE THAT YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEB SITE LOCATED AT WWW.MEDICALRESEARCHINTERNATIONAL.COM (THE “WEB SITE”) AND THE EDITING AND REVIEW SERVICES OFFERED VIA THE WEB SITE BY MRI (THE “SERVICES”) IS SUBJECT TO YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, WHICH WILL BECOME A BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND MRI (THE “AGREEMENT”). MRI IS WILLING TO ALLOW YOU ACCESS TO THE WEB SITE AND PROVIDE THE SERVICES ONLY UPON THE CONDITION THAT YOU ACCEPT ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY.
The Services are available only to persons who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, the Services are not available to individuals under the age of 18. If you are under 18, then you are not permitted to use the Services. In order to receive the Services, you must pay in advance the applicable fee unless MRI agrees that you may make payment pursuant to another payment plan. MRI may increase its fees at any time. MRI also reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Service with or without notice at any time and without any liability to you.
Your intellectual property rights
MRI and its employees make no claims on any work submitted to us for proofreading or editing. Any documents, content, material, works or other intellectual property submitted by you (collectively, “Documents”), will remain your intellectual property. MRI Editors have signed a confidentiality agreement to waive their claim to any intellectual property and Documents submitted though the Service. You represent and warrant that: (i) you have obtained all necessary third party rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, for any Documents or portions thereof that belong to third parties, which are necessary for MRI to provide Services in connection with the Documents: (ii) the Documents will not contain, any infringing, illegal, sexually explicit, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable material, including, without limitation, any material that could give rise to any liability to MRI or which might adversely affect the MRI public image, reputation or goodwill; and (iii) the Documents to not include any infringing, misappropriated or plagiarized content that you do not have the rights to use. It is your responsibility to determine if it is necessary for you to obtain, and for obtaining, any licenses required to use third party content which is part of the Documents. You will be responsible for making back-up and archival copies of your documents. In no event will MRI be responsible to you or any other person for any loss, corruption or alteration of Documents.
You agree to indemnify and hold MRI and its directors, officers, agents, contractors, partners and employees, harmless from and against any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of any claim, action, investigation or proceeding made or instituted by any third party due to or arising out of:
(i) your breach of any representations or warranties made by you hereunder or your breach of any term of this Agreement;
(ii) your use of the Services or the Web Site in violation of this Agreement; or
(iii) or your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.
You hereby agree not to sue, assist in or be a voluntary party to assist in or be a voluntary party to, except as required by law, any action, suit, or proceeding against MRI for any claims, actions, suits, damages, liability, losses or expenses of whatever kind or however arising out of or relating to your use of the Web Site or the Services.
Our intellectual property rights
You acknowledge that MRI owns all right, title and interest in and to the Web Site and the Services (the “MRI Rights”), and such MRI Rights are protected by U.S. and international intellectual property laws. You also agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automated device, or manual process to monitor or copy any content from the Web Site.
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without reference to conflicts of laws provisions and, as to matters affecting copyrights, trademarks and patents, by U.S. federal law. Any dispute or claim arising out of, or in connection with, this Agreement shall be finally settled by binding arbitration and the then-current rules and procedures of the American Arbitration Association by one (1) arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator shall apply the law of the State of California, without reference to rules of conflict of law or statutory rules of arbitration, to the merits of any dispute or claim. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be confirmed, reduced to judgment and entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. You agree that, any provision of applicable law notwithstanding, the arbitrator shall have the authority to award the prevailing party its costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. In the event that the above arbitration provision is held invalid or unenforceable, then any dispute with respect to this Agreement shall be brought and heard either in the California state courts, or the federal district court for California. In such event, you consent to the in personam jurisdiction and venue of such courts. You agree that service of process upon you in any such action may be made if delivered in person, by courier service, by telegram, by telefacsimile or by first class mail, and shall be deemed effectively given upon receipt.
Disclaimer of warranties
MRI is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the Web Site. The Web Site and the Services may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for various reasons. MRI assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, the Web Site. MRI is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment or software, or the failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, including injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials or Documents in connection with the Web Site or the Services. THE WEB SITE AND THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS-IS” AND MRI DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. MRI CANNOT GUARANTEE AND DOES NOT PROMISE ANY SPECIFIC RESULTS FROM USE OF THE WEB SITE AND/OR THE SERVICES.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge and agree that MRI does not: (i) review the substance of Documents submitted to it; or (ii) guaranty the quality, accuracy or results of the Services. No refunds shall be provided except as set expressly agreed to by MRI.
Limitation of liability
IN NO EVENT WILL MRI BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR LOST DATA ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE OR THE SERVICES, EVEN IF MRI IS AWARE OR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, MRI DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES FOR SERVICES RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE WEB SITE. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, MRI’S LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE LESSER OF: (A) THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO MRI FOR THE SERVICES; AND (B) TEN DOLLARS ($10). THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THESE LIMITATIONS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS AGREEMENT AND SHALL SURVIVE ANY REMEDY’S FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
Notification of changes
MRI reserves the right to modify or amend these Terms of Service at any time by notifying you of such changes. The changes will only affect your use of the Services after the effective date of the change unless we clearly express otherwise. Your use of the Services after MRI provides you with notice of such changes shall be deemed your approval of such changes.
In the case of overpayment, MRI will provide a credit to your MRI account which is not redeemable for cash. The MRI credit can be used to submit future manuscripts.
Credits, Holds and Offsets
Please be advised that if we receive any claim or threat of a claim, which is related to your use of the Services, we may put a “hold” on any account you have with us, including any monies held on your behalf. Furthermore, to the extent that you owe us any amounts as a consequence your use of the Services or our settlement of any claim made against you, we may, in our sole discretion, deduct all or a portion of such amounts from any amounts held by us in your account. Any such deduction will not relieve you of any obligation to pay the remainder of any amounts due from you to us.
This Agreement sets forth the entire agreement between you and MRI pertaining to your use of the Web Site and the Services. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions this Agreement at any time without further notice. If we do this, we will post the changes to this Agreement on this page and will indicate at the top of this page the new effective date (i.e., the LAST UPDATED date). Your continued use of the Services or the Web Site after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the revised Agreement. If you do not agree to abide by this Agreement or any future revised Agreement, do not use or access the Services or the Web Site. It is your responsibility to regularly review this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be revised to the extent necessary to cure the invalidity or unenforceability, and the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. MRI’s failure to exercise any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.