Privacy policy

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Document updated on December 15, 2021

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How we use OpenEdition readers’ personal data

OpenEdition’s work is focused on the development of open access digital publishing and research & development around issues relating to the platforms we have developed (OpenEdition Journals, OpenEdition Books, Calenda, Hypotheses): digital publishing, digital humanities, the digital economy, standardization, interoperability, and understanding how the platforms are used, etc.

As such, OpenEdition processes some personal data about you. This data includes, for example, information about which platforms you have viewed, information that we collect when you sign up to our newsletters, as well as information collected when you create an account enabling you to publish on one or several of our platforms.

The data processor is OpenEdition Center, 22 rue John Maynard Keynes, Bâtiment C, 13013 Marseille, France.

This document explains how we process personal data. It also explains the rights you have and how you can use them.

We are actively working to ensure that our data processing procedures are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As such, we will be supplementing and updating this document in order to show the changes we have put in place.

What personal data is collected, and for what purposes?

Viewing sites on the OpenEdition platforms

When you view a site, we keep a record of your IP address for the following purposes:

  • to compile statistics on the number of visits to the OpenEdition platforms and sites hosted on the platforms (research blogs, journals, book publishers);
  • for OpenEdition Books and OpenEdition Journals, to compile statistics on traffic from each campus that has subscribed to OpenEdition Freemium (a service provided for in the subscription contract); these statistics are also used to calculate the income of journals in the OpenEdition Freemium bundle;
  • to manage permissions to access resources on OpenEdition Books and OpenEdition Journals that are subject to payment of a fee;
  • scientific research analysing how the OpenEdition platforms are used.

Hypotheses comments

When you write a comment on a Hypotheses blog, your first name, surname and IP address are saved on the platform in order to identify you as the author of the comment.

Furthermore, your IP address is used by Akismet, which detects spam comments. Akismet is an external service provider. Its privacy policy can be viewed here:

Lastly, a cookie may be created to store your first and last names in your browser so that this information is automatically provided when you next leave a comment. You have the option of activating or not activating this feature when you fill in the form to leave a comment.

“Recommend to your library for acquisition” feature on OpenEdition Books

“Recommend to your library for acquisition” feature on OpenEdition Books use your first and last names and your email address. This data is used when the form to send the message is validated. This data is not saved on our servers.

Newsletters and mailing lists

Personal data are collected and processed for the management of newsletters and mailing lists.

Your email address, and in some cases your name, first name and institution, are recorded when you subscribe. They are kept as long as one of your subscriptions to a list is effective. If you unsubscribe from all lists, your data will be deleted within 30 days.

The legal basis for the processing is the legitimate interest pursued by the data controller (see Article 6.1.f of the European Data Protection Regulation).

Data recipients

The following individuals may have access to your personal data:

  • OpenEdition staff: platform administrators, system administrators, newsletter managers, data protection officers;
  • researchers, in the framework of scientific research carried out by OpenEdition or by its partners as part of scientific research missions assigned to OpenEdition Center by its parent institutions;
  • any subcontractors that OpenEdition might use in the course of carrying out its work. Subcontractors are able to access your data according to the terms set out in the contract they have signed. These contracts state their obligations in terms of data security and data privacy;
  • people who have an administrator account on the research blog where you have left a comment.


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Your rights

You have the following rights regarding the use of your data:

  • the right to object: you have the right to withdraw data that requires your consent, and at any time you can object to your data being processed;
  • the right to access and correct your data:
  • the right to remove data;
  • the right to restrict use when your data is not necessary or is no longer useful;
  • the right of portability: you can communicate your data to an individual of your choice.

You can exercise these rights by emailing privacy [at]

You can also contact the Data Protection Officer by writing to CNRS DPD – 2 rue Jean Zay  – 54 519 – Vandoeuvre lès Nancy Cedex – France, or by emailing dpd.demandes [at]

If, after contacting us, you feel that your data protection rights are not being upheld, you have the option of submitting a complaint, by post, to the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) – 3, Place de Fontenoy – TSA 80715 – 75334 Paris Cedex 07, or online at