Privacy and Cookies

Date last updated: 31 Oct 2016

Privacy Policy

The Web of Science (WoS) Service for UK Education has created a policy to show our commitment to protect the privacy of our users as well as visitors to our website. This privacy statement covers the website, and the text below explains how we gather and use your information. Please be aware that your use of this site constitutes your acceptance of this policy.

Collection of Information

The WoS Service at Jisc is the sole owner of the information collected on

Personally Identifiable Data You Choose to Provide

If you email us with a query, or to report a fault etc., we will use the personal data that you provide to reply to your message. We may retain a record of users who have contacted us in order to respond properly to questions or concerns and for the purposes of future communications. We will not share this information with any third party unless you have consented to this.


What are cookies and what are they used for?

Cookies are small text files that are stored by your web browser. They are primarily used to remember if you have visited a website before and to improve the way that sites work. For example, cookies can be used to:

There are different types of cookies, for example:

First party and third party cookies

First party cookies are set by the website you're visiting. They send data only to the servers for that domain, and the data cannot be altered or retrieved by any other website. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website, this is a third party cookie. Examples of third party cookies are those set by social networks.

Session and persistent cookies

Cookies can expire at the end of a browser session or they can be stored for longer. Session cookies are not stored long-term; they are set when you visit a website, and expire as soon as the browser is closed.

Persistent cookies are stored on your device in between browser sessions and allow preferences to be remembered. They are used for a variety of reasons, including recording your preferred search results display.

To find out more about cookies, visit or All About Cookies.

Managing and deleting cookies

We use cookies to improve the way the site works and we don't gather any personally identifiable information. Blocking or deleting the cookies will impact on the way that the site works and you could lose some functionality, however you can control and manage cookies if you wish. You can visit for more information about how to control cookies on the major web browsers.

How we use cookies

We use the following cookies on our web site:

Cookies for Measuring Website Usage (Google Analytics)

Cookies for measuring website usage.
Provider Name (As of 22/05/12) Typical content Expires (As of 22/05/12)
Google __utma Randomly generated number 2 years
Google __utmb Randomly generated number 30 minutes
Google __utmc Randomly generated number When you close your browser
Google __utmz Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Google Analytics

The following is taken from the Google analytics Terms of Service:

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

If you wish, you can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, see:

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy over time, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so our users/visitors are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. Any changes made will be effective when posted.

Links to Other Sites

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content and/or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website (

Web of Science Web-Based Application

Because the Web of Science web-based application and associated products are maintained by Clarivate Analytics, we encourage users to review the Clarivate Analytics privacy policy separately.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy statement, please contact the WoS helpdesk.