Privacy and Editorial Policies

January 25, 2013

Privacy Policy

The Commonwealth Fund (the "Fund") has established this privacy policy (the "Privacy Policy") to explain to you how your information is protected, collected, and used in connection with commonwealthfund.org (the "Web site"). The Privacy Policy may be updated by the Fund in its sole discretion and without notice.

  1. Protecting your privacy

    We do not resell or share your information, including your email address, with third parties for marketing purposes.

    We do not engage in cross-marketing or link-referral programs with other sites.

    We do not employ tracking devices for marketing purposes ("cookies", "web beacons," single-pixel gifs). Account information is password-protected. Keep your password safe.

    The Fund, or people who post on the Web site, may provide links to third-party Web sites, which may have different privacy practices. We are not responsible for, nor have any control over, the privacy policies of those third-party Web sites, and encourage all users to read the privacy policies of each and every Web site visited. 

  2. Data we collect

    As part of the registration process, we collect personal information, including your name, email address, and a password ("Personal Information"). You may also choose to submit your Zip code, the name of the organization by which you are employed, and your title. We may use any Personal Information that you submit to disseminate mailings related to the Fund or the Web site. We may also use Personal Information to identify and prevent unlawful or inappropriate use of the Web site.

    Please do not post any personal information on the Web site that you expect to keep private.

     

    Our web logs collect standard web log entries for each page served, including your IP address, page URL, and timestamp.

  3. Data we store

    All Personal Information entered as part of the registration process is stored in our database.

    Our web logs and other records are stored indefinitely.

    Although we make good faith efforts to store the information in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security.

  4. Circumstances in which the Fund may release information

    The Fund may disclose information about its users if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process.

    The Fund may also disclose information about its users to law enforcement officers or others, in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to: enforce our Terms of Use; respond to claims that any posting or other content violates the rights of third-parties; or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the Fund, its users or the general public.
  5. Accessing and updating personal information

    When you use the Web site, we make good faith efforts to provide you with access to your personal information and either to correct this data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes. We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected or removed before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes), or for which access is not otherwise required. In any case where we provide information access and correction, we perform this service free of charge, except if doing so would require a disproportionate effort.

  6. E-Alert content and unsubscribing

    The Fund sends e-alerts and e-newsletters about health policy news, research, and analysis. You can unsubscribe from our e-mail lists at any time by updating your My Commonwealth Fund profile or going to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/subscriptions.aspx or e-mailing webeditor@cmwf.org

    The Fund will never send e-mail soliciting money. Please report reciept of any such e-mail that uses the Fund name or logo to webeditor@cmwf.org.

  7.  International Users

    By visiting our Web site and providing us with data, including Personal Information, you acknowledge and agree that we may use the data collected in the course of our relationship for the purposes identified in this Privacy Policy or in our other communications with you, including the transmission of information outside your resident jurisdiction. In addition, please understand that such data may be stored on servers located in the United States. By providing us with your data, you consent to the transfer of such data.

  8. Enforcement

    Please feel free to direct any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or the Fund's treatment of personal information by contacting us through this Web site or by writing to us at webeditor@cmwf.org or postmaster@commonwealthfund.org.

    When we receive formal written complaints at this address, it is the Fund's policy to contact the complaining user regarding his or her concerns. We will cooperate with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that cannot be resolved between the Fund and an individual. 

Changes to this Privacy Policy
Please note that this Privacy Policy may change from time to time without notice. We will post any Privacy Policy changes on this page.  If you have any additional questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us any time at webeditor@cmwf.org.

Editorial Policies and Processes

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that supports independent research on health care issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. It also has a lengthy history as a professional publisher, developing and publishing books, reports, and other material dating back to 1924.

The Fund produces more than 100 reports, issue briefs, and other professional and scholarly publications each year. The Fund no longer uses traditional printing and mailing to produce and disseminate its publications; all are posted on the Fund Web site and are available free of charge to any interested parties. These publications are written by Fund grantees, staff, and invited expert authors from the health policy community. In addition, Fund staff and grantees author dozens of articles published in the peer-reviewed literature each year.

The Fund employs a professional staff of editors who oversee the report development and production process. All Fund publications undergo an internal peer review and quality assurance process; a substantial number, including all staff-written reports, also undergo independent external peer review. This process, similar to that undertaken at major scientific journals, is designed to ensure that Fund publications are authoritative, credible, complete, balanced, timely, and based on appropriate data and evidence. Neither staff- nor grantee-written reports are guaranteed publication if they do not meet the Fund's quality standards. Our author guidelines are available.

Many of the Fund publications, such as journal articles and issue briefs, are indexed in PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's database of major biomedical publications. Commonwealth Fund reports are in the NLM Catalog. Unless otherwise noted, views expressed in Fund publications are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Fund or its directors, officers, or staff.

The Fund maintains copyright to all staff-authored reports posted on the Fund Web site; Fund grantees retain copyright to their work but give the Fund permission to publish and disseminate it.. The Fund encourages the use of all of its publications, in whole or in part, for research, teaching, and other professional, non-commercial purposes, with appropriate citation and permission. For permissions requests, contact Samantha Mackie, Communications Assistant, at shm@cmwf.org.

 

Commonwealth Fund Communications Department

Barry Scholl
Senior Vice President, Communications and Publishing
bas@cmwf.org  
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Suzanne Barker Augustyn
Graphic Designer
sba@cmwf.org  

Joon Bai
Consulting Web Producer
jab@cmwf.org  

Bethanne Fox
Communications Consultant
bf@cmwf.org  

Paul Frame
Senior Production Editor
pf@cmwf.org  

Christine Haran
Assistant Vice President, Online Information
cfh@cmwf.org  
 
Chris Hollander
Assistant Vice President, Publications
cah@cmwf.org  

Martha Hostetter
Consulting Editor and Web Content Developer
mh@cmwf.org  

Deborah Lorber
Senior Editor
dl@cmwf.org  

Samantha Mackie
Communications Assistant
shm@cmwf.org

Mary Mahon
Assistant Vice President, Public Information
mm@cmwf.org  

Joshua Tallman
Online Information Manager and Social Media Strategist
jt@cmwf.org