Privacy Statement

Introduction

Design Synthesis, a leading design journal proudly based in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, and governed by the Unitedworld Institute of Design, a constituent college of Karnavati University, places immense value on privacy and data protection. Our commitment extends to our authors, reviewers, editors, and readers from around the globe, as we navigate the realms of design research and innovation.

Scope of the Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to all personal data collected by Design Synthesis, whether digital or paper-based, from our contributors, readers, and any individuals who interact with our services. It outlines how we collect, use, protect, and share personal data within the context of our journal activities.

Data Collection

We collect personal information through various means, including but not limited to, manuscript submissions, peer review processes, subscription services, and interactions with our digital platforms. Types of data collected include:

– Contact details (e.g., names, email addresses)

– Professional affiliations and roles (e.g., institution, position)

– Manuscript content and related communications

– Interactions with our website and services (e.g., submission history, comments)

Use of Data

The personal data we collect is used to:

– Facilitate the publication process, from submission to dissemination

– Communicate with authors, reviewers, and readers

– Enhance our journal services and user experience

– Comply with legal and ethical obligations in the publishing industry

Data Sharing and Disclosure

Design Synthesis may share personal data with third parties under specific circumstances, such as with publishing partners, service providers for operational purposes, or as required by law. Any sharing of data will be conducted with the utmost respect for privacy and security, and only with parties who uphold similar standards.

Data Protection Measures

We employ rigorous technical and organizational measures to safeguard personal data against unauthorized access, loss, or misuse. Our security practices are regularly reviewed and updated in accordance with international standards and legal requirements.

International Data Transfers

Given our international scope, personal data may be stored or processed in countries outside of India. We ensure that such transfers comply with international data protection laws, providing a level of security and protection equivalent to that offered by Indian law.

Authors’ Rights

Authors and individuals whose data we process have rights under data protection laws, including the right to access, correct, delete, or object to the processing of their personal data. Requests to exercise these rights can be directed to our designated contact point.

Updates to the Privacy Policy

Design Synthesis reserves the right to update this Privacy Policy as necessary to reflect changes in our practices or legal requirements. We will provide notice of significant changes through our journal’s communication channels.

Contact Information

For any privacy-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at [contact information]. Our dedicated team is committed to addressing your questions and upholding your privacy rights.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Privacy Policy is governed by the laws of India and is designed to comply with applicable data protection regulations. Any disputes arising under this policy will be handled in accordance with Indian law, ensuring a fair resolution.

This Privacy Policy embodies Design Synthesis’s dedication to protecting privacy and data while fostering an environment of openness and innovation in the design research community.