Privacy Policy

Who we are
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What personal data we collect and why we collect it
This website uses Google Analytics to help analyse how a user uses this site. Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’, which are small text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. Note the deliberate emphasis on anonymous, as no personally identifiable information is collected about you unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on this website. So if I need personal info from you = for example, your email address to contact me via contact form, to add a blog comment, or subscribe to the Stylish Academic newsletter – I will ask for it and you will have the option to provide it or not.

This anonymous information generated by the cookies, about your use of the website (Including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then processed to compile reports on the performance of the website by the team. The team uses this reports to evaluate aggregate visitor usage so that we can optimise the content and its marketing to better meet your needs. Yes, we consider this essential to operation of this website.

Your IP address is collected purely for the purpose of determining geographic location of visitors to an accuracy that is typically within a 40 km radius. We will not link, or seek to link an IP address with the identity of a computer user. In fact , we will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifiable information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

In summary, your anonymity is safe. This is our personal commitment to you as a valued Stylish Academic reader.

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you wish for your personal information to be deleted from this site, please contact me at, and I will do this at the earliest opportunity. Note that in removing your personal details, all your associated content is deleted – such as comments you have made.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that subscribe to our newsletter, your email data is stored on our email subscription service, Mailchimp. Here is their privacy policy – You can unsubscribe from our newsletter at anytime.

If you register on our website (e.g. As contributor, author, editor), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice.