Terms and conditions

Sciblogs is owned and operated by the Science Media Centre and its parent group Royal Society Te Apārangi. As a blogger on Sciblogs.co.nz you are subject to the terms and conditions laid out below.

These terms and conditions can be changed without notice. Terms and conditions will be published on the Sciblogs.co.nz website and noted with the latest date of modification. Continued use of Sciblogs following modification of the terms and conditions indicates you agree to abide by the modified terms and conditions.


Content submitted by bloggers remains the property of the author and of the Science Media Centre solely for the purposes of maintaining the Sciblogs.co.nz website. Content posted on Sciblogs.co.nz may not be reused, sold or modified by any party without the consent of the author, unless otherwise stated by the author.

The copyright of both Sciblogs authors and third party authors must be respected. Images, text, video and audio (so-called third party content) posted on Sciblogs must be used with the express permission of the author of the content or under the terms of fair use of copyright or Creative Commons licensing. Scibloggers are encouraged to make their content available under a Creative Commons license such as outlined here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

This is completely voluntary for Sciblogs bloggers and Creative Commons licensing will be indicated prominently on the blog of each Sciblogs writer adopting it.


The views expressed on Sciblogs.co.nz are those of the individual authors and do not reflect those of the employees of Royal Society Te Apārangi or the Science Media Centre. Information on Sciblogs.co.nz is offered on an as-is basis and is not warranted.

Contributor’s Code of Ethics

As a Sciblogs contributor you will abide by the following code of ethics:

Sciblogs.co.nz blogger code of ethics

1. I will tell the truth.

2. I will write deliberately and with accuracy.

3. I will acknowledge and correct mistakes promptly.

4. I will preserve the original post, using notations to show where I have made changes so as to maintain the integrity of my publishing.

5. I will never delete a post*.

6. I will strive for high quality with every post — including basic spell-checking.

7. I will stay on topic.

8. I will disagree with other opinions respectfully

9. I will link to online references and original source materials directly.

10. I will disclose conflicts of interest.

11. I will keep private issues and topics private, since discussing private issues would jeopardize my personal and work relationships.

*Occasionally a post will need to be deleted. This could be for a number of reasons – technical glitches ie: double posting via syndication, or if content is considered to be inaccurate, libellous or in breach of the terms and conditions or code of ethics. Bloggers seeking to delete a post should contact the Sciblogs editorial team first.

Use of Sciblogs.co.nz as an approved blogger:

As a Sciblogs blogger you will have access to the Sciblogs content management system with a username and password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account.

Sciblogs content

As a Sciblogs contributor you agree not to submit content that is:

* unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, hateful, defamatory, obscene, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable.
* protected by copyright, patent, or other proprietary rights without obtaining permission of the owner of such rights.
* for commercial purposes, or intended to be used to promote, advertise, or solicit the sale of any goods or services.