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 Sciblog 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.

Sciblogs Comments Policy

Your comments are welcomed and encouraged here on Sciblogs. Challenge our writers and each other. Get passionate and make your views heard. But we want Sciblogs to be a forum for intelligent, useful and respectful discussion so there will be some situations where comments will be edited or deleted:

1. Comments deemed to be spam, or promoting a business will be deleted.

2. Comments should be relevant to the post topic. Off topic comments will be deleted.
3. Comments that are potentially defamatory or otherwise actionable at law will be deleted.
4. All comments from first time posters to Sciblogs will go into moderation, but once approved, all following comments from that account will be posted automatically. Including a link to relevant content is permitted, but comments containing more than two links will go to moderation to avoid spam.

5. Comments including profanity will be deleted.

6. Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive will be deleted.

7. Comments that attack a person individually will be deleted.

8. Sciblogs allows pseudonyms on registered accounts, but a real email address must be used by people posting comments. We require one account per person to be used (to avoid “sock puppets“). If an inactive or fake email address is detected, the account will be deleted. No email addresses will ever be divulged to any third party.

The editor of Sciblogs reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice. This comment policy is subject to change at any time.

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 not delete comments unless they are spam, off-topic or contain offensive material.

7. I will reply to emails and comments when appropriate, and do so promptly.

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

9. I will stay on topic.

10. I will disagree with other opinions respectfully

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

12. I will disclose conflicts of interest.

13. 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, libelous 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 andaccount, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account.

You will be responsible for monitoring comments from Sciblogs readers who must register on the site to leave comments. In vetting those comments you must adhere to the Sciblogs.co.nz blogger code of ethics outlined above (see No.6).

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.