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Cookies

On our sites, we sometimes place small data files on your computer. These small files are known as 'cookies'.

They improve the performance of our sites by:

  • remembering information about you, so you don’t have to keep re-entering it whenever you visit a new page
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • remembering IP addresses relating to your computer or device to improve navigation of our sites and to control access to particular content or materials reserved to subscribers
  • measuring how you use the site so we can make sure it meets your needs

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies.org

You can choose to disable cookies on the Society’s main website, royalsociety.org, by selecting your preferences from the Cookie Control menu, selectable from the bottom-right corner of the website window.

Royalsociety.org

This following section provides particular information about cookies on the following websites:

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Name Description Expiration
CookieConsent Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain 1 year
ASP.NET_SessionId  Preserves the user’s session state across page requests  Session
_RequestVerificationToken  Helps prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks  Session
local_storage_support_test  The cookie is used in context with the local-storage function in the browser. This function allows the website to load faster by pre-loading certain procedures Persistent
rc::a This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots Persistent
rc::c This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots Session
lang This cookie is used to remember a user’s selected language version of the website  1 day

Analytical cookies

Analytical cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.  We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use our sites. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. This information cannot be used to identify you and we do not allow Google to use our analytics data. 

Name Description Expiration
_ga Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website 2 years
_ga_# Used by Google Analytics to collect data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit 2 years
_gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate 1 day
_gid  Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website 1 day
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress This cookie is used to count how many times a website has been visited by different visitors - this is done by assigning the visitor an ID, so the visitor does not get registered twice 1 day
_hjFirstSee This cookie is used to determine if the visitor has visited the website before, or if it is a new visitor on the website 1 day
_hjid Sets a unique ID for the session. This allows the website to obtain data on visitor behaviour for statistical purposes 1 day
_hjIncludedInPageviewSample Determines if the user's navigation should be registered in a certain statistical place holder 1 day
_hjIncludedInSessionSample Registers data on visitors' website-behaviour. This is used for internal analysis and website optimization 1 day
collect Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behavior. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels Session

Marketing cookies

Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The Royal Society uses these types of cookies to gauge its effectiveness in promoting its activities online. This category of cookie is also used by third-parties with the intention of displaying ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third-party advertisers.

Name Description Expiration
_widgetsettings This cookie is set by Twitter - The cookie allows the visitor to share content from the website onto their Twitter profile Persistent
_gcl_au Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services 3 months
ads/ga-audiences Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor's online behaviour across websites Session
IDE  Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user 1 year
NID Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads 6 months
pagead/landing Collects data on visitor behaviour from multiple websites, in order to present more relevant advertisement - This also allows the website to limit the number of times that they are shown the same advertisement Session
test_cookie Used to check if the user's browser supports cookies 1 day
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Tries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos 179 days
YSC Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen Session
yt-remote-cast-installed Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Session
yt-remote-connected-devices Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Persistent
yt-remote-device-id Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Persistent
yt-remote-fast-check-period Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Session
yt-remote-session-app Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Session
yt-remote-session-name Stores the user's video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Session

Royalsocietypublishing.org

https://royalsocietypublishing.org uses cookies to provide enhanced functionality and improve the end users' experience.

The following types of cookies are used:

  • Session cookies that are set when the end user enters the website and deleted when the user closes the browser.
  • Persistent cookies that are set when the end user enters the website and last for up to one year.
Cookie Category Cookie Name Cookie Type Description
Cookie policy cookie cookiePolicy Persistent It is used to determine whether to display the cookie policy popup to the user or not.
History Cookies PU_LAST_LOGIN Persistent They are used to store the last login date of the end user or the specific machine for analytics.
MACHINE_LAST_SEEN Persistent
Identity Provider preference cookie SSO_IDP Persistent It is used to store the end user's preferred Shibboleth identity provider.
Mobile-optimized version cookie MobileUI Session It is used to record the visitor’s preference for using the mobile-optimized version of the website.
Out-of-network access cookie SFFID Persistent It is used to enable access to protected content while the user is connected to the website from outside of an institution network, such as for device pairing. It is also used to collect information about how end users use the website. It is set when the end user enters the website using a mobile device and lasts for up to one year.
Performance optimization cookies JSESSIONID Session They are used to optimize the website’s performance for the end user. They are also used to collect information about how end users use the website.
SERVER Session
SECUREJSESSIONID Session
RD Session
Remember me cookie AUTO_SIGNIN Persistent It is used to keep end users logged in to the website for longer than the duration of their session. It is set when the end user explicitly selects theRemember meoption in the sign in page of the website. The cookie keeps end users logged in for up to one year.
Targeting cookies MAID Persistent They are used to target more relevant content and services to the end user.
PLUID Persistent
MAID_SYNC Persistent
MAID_DISC Persistent
Test cookie I2KBRCK Persistent It is used to check if the end user's browser supports cookies.
Timezone cookie timezone Session It is used to store the end user's machine time zone information.

In addition to the above there are a number of common third-party cookies in use, including the following:

Source Cookies Description
Google/Google Analytics _gid
_gat_UA-*
_ga
__utmz
__utma
Usage analytics
Add This __atuvs
__atuvc
__atssc
Content sharing via Add This widget
Cloudflare __cfduid Security tracking of trusted users
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