General aspects

The portal’s (henceforth “the portal”) and its team’s aim is to spread relevant information about bats and about the benefits of their presence, but also to inspire a positive change in the attitude of the public concerning bats. At the same time, the portal aims to be the central hub for the Romanian bat research community. The views expressed by the portal are not automatically shared by all bat researchers in Romania or abroad.

To achieve our goals, the portal publishes articles, news, events, photos, projects and generally informative materials about bats, bat research and protection, but also about general nature conservation and environment protection, in case bats are affected.

Copyright, authorship

The logo, photos, informative materials, and any other media element, published on the portal represent the property of the portal and/or other authors, this ownership and authorship being clearly indicated on these elements and/or in the accompanying text. The logo, photos, informative materials, and any other media element, published on the portal can be used only with the consent of the portal and/or other authors, exclusively for non-profit and educative purposes, without altering their content. Original news and accompanying photos, created by the portal can be published by third parties only by explicitly mentioning the source (the bat portal) and with a link to the original news. Exceptions include the Wallpapers section, this content can be downloaded and used without the portal’s and/or author’s consent, but only for the clear purpose desktop background. For any other use (ex. printing) the portal’s and/or authors consent is required also in case of Wallpapers. For contact details on authors do not hesitate to write us.

In case of photos or other media elements published in the designated sections of the portal by visitors or users, the authors of these photos or media elements agree that the portal will use these items for non-profit and educational purposes. The copyright of photos or other media elements published by visitors or users still remains in their possession, and they cannot be used by third parties without the consent of the authors.

Standards of content

The portal does not publish news, articles, photos, events, comments or other media elements that have sexist, racist, religious, political and/or homophobic connotations. The portal does not publish materials that have a discriminatory or defamatory content, that incites to violence or hatred, that do not comply with national legislation or that may induce the public in error.

The portal does not publish subjective opinions or rumors. Every visitor and user is responsible for the content of their published material, the portal cannot be made responsible for the effects occurred due to expression of opinions and publication of these materials. Any comment or element that is inconsistent with the above will be moderated and/or deleted from the portal by the portal team, with the possibility to block access to the visitor or user if the situation is repeated.

However, the portal may publish news, articles, photos, events, comments, points of views or other media elements on projects and actions which clearly endanger the existence of bat colonies in Romania or abroad. These publications will not take into account the religious, political or personal beliefs of the project initiator, but will be based on clear scientific evidence, and will take into account the legislation on bat, nature and environment protection.

The portal cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information published by visitors or users, as well as the accuracy of news originating from third parties. The information presented may be outdated or incorrect, the portal not being responsible for the effects occurred due to the use of this information.

Using the portal

The public is welcomed and encouraged to access the content of the portal in order to get information about bats, or to inform us about some aspects related to bats, which the public considers to be of importance or urgency. Visitors and users of the portal must respect and make their own contributions, as well as observe these in relationship with other users of the portal, by adhering to the rules outlined in the Copyright, authorship and Standards of content sections.

Visitors of the portal have access to all public information of the portal, and can contribute, if they wish, with posts in the “The Colony” (blog) and to comment on various articles. These sections are provided with options for adding content, but this content will undergo a review process before publication, through which the content will be either moderated and published, or deleted from the portal. Content that does not adhere to the rules outlined in the Copyright, authorship and Standards of content sections will be modified before publication and if inappropriate, will be completely removed without the possibility of publication. Visiting the portal, accessing public information and contributing to the sections of the portal mentioned above does not require registration. We recommend that the visitors of the portal adhere to, and apply the guidelines in case of contact with bats, and also the guidelines of responsible tourism in caves.

Portal users are registered users that have access to the full content of the portal, including discussions on specific bat research, protection and monitoring topics, and can have or offer assistance in identifying bat species based on photos and ultrasounds. Registration involves providing the standard details required in such situations (name, phone, email, institution/organization, etc.). If you are a researcher, professor, BsC, Master of PhD student in the bat domain, or you are seriously thinking about becoming a bat researcher, please contact us, so we can facilitate your access to all the details of the portal. Registered users can contribute to all sections already mentioned in the previous paragraph, and in addition can publish articles on specific topics of bat research and protection. Before being published these materials will go through the same review steps as in the case of public submissions, to ensure compliance with the rules outlined in the Copyright, authorship and Standards of content sections. Registred users of the portal respect and use the ethical guidelines of Romania bat research.

If you have any questions about the content of the portal, or feel that your rights, including copyrights and authorship were violated by the portal or by visitors and/or users of the portal, please contact us.

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