What is a cookie?
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When do we place cookies?
We serve cookies when you go to pages on our websites and applications, including mobile applications. We also place cookies when you visit other websites which are working with us and host our plugins or tags.
What kind of cookies do we use?
We use “session cookies” as well as “persistent cookies.” “Session cookies” are erased when you close your browser, whereas “persistent cookies” remain for a certain pre-defined period of time and are recognized by us when you return to ResearchGate (or one of our partner sites).
“Session cookies” enable us to identify you during the course of your session, whereas “persistent cookies” allow us to record information about repeat users of the Service. Persistent cookies are designed to help us continually improve the products and services we offer you, and to make your use of our Service easier.
Please note that sometimes we also allow the use of third-party cookies, namely cookies set by third-party partners, like Google Analytics.
What are cookies used for?
How are cookies used for advertising purposes?
Cookies also enable us to measure the success of advertising campaigns served on ResearchGate and report on them to our advertising partners.
Please note: Advertisements shown to you on ResearchGate may be served by ResearchGate itself or third-party ad network servers with whom ResearchGate has a relationship.
- When you are logged in to ResearchGate or browsing a third-party partner site: if one of our cookies enables your identification, we will then associate your log and usage data with your ResearchGate account.
Unless you adjust your cookie settings, we will use the information we collect for advertising purposes to:
- select and provide advertising based on what we believe is most relevant to you;
- improve reporting on advertising campaign performance based on aggregated and/or de-identified data; and
- detect and defend against fraud, security risks, and other concerns to protect you and our partners.
What third-party cookies does ResearchGate use?
We work with different kinds of third-party partners that either enable us to serve you ads or that serve ads to you on our platform.
You can view our Cookie Table to see a list of the different third-party partners that serve cookies on our site. Please note, however, that while we do our best to keep this table up-to-date, the cookie names and/or identification information may change over time.
How can I modify or delete cookies?
Most internet browsers enable you to adjust cookies acceptance settings and/or delete cookies. You can usually see the content of cookies, delete them or just prevent them from being set. However, if you do so, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work as well or at all. Please consult your browser’s help section (or use a search engine) if you need assistance with these browser features. You can also find some help on aboutcookies.org.
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We present advertising content as part of the ResearchGate experience. It is possible to edit the settings of your browser(s) specifically regarding “advertising cookies.” Doing so will not opt you out of being served all advertising. Rather, it means that you will not be served tailored (i.e. interest based) advertising.
ResearchGate Originated Advertising Cookies
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Third Party Cookies
Please find below a list of some of the cookies third-party partners serve on our site.
Online Behavioral Advertising
We work with different partners to serve you targeted advertising. If you want to more generally manage your cookie settings in this regard, including outside of ResearchGate, please refer to the table below.
The settings will also enable you to modify or delete cookies used by ResearchGate and its partners.DomainCookie nameDescriptionExpirationOpt-outThird partySIDGoogle Ad ManagerSessionThird partyIDETargeting/Advertising (Google DoubleClick)13 monthsThird partyDSIDTargeting/Advertising (Google)< 1 dayThird partyLotame9 months
Please note: editing your settings regarding “advertising cookies” will not opt you out of being served all advertising. Rather, you will still see advertising, but it will not be tailored (i.e. interest based) to you.