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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.

Royalsociety.org

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

Content Management System

We may use a content management system which uses the cookies to deliver web pages and control access to protected areas of our sites.

The following cookies are set by the content management system on https://royalsociety.org:

Name Type 1st/3rd party Expiration
ASP.NET_SessionId Session 1st End of session

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

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. The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Type 1st/3rd party Expiration
_ga Persistent 1st 2 years

Youtube

We embed videos from Youtube. Youtube uses cookies to help maintain the integrity of video statistics, prevent fraud and improve their site experience. If you view a video, Youtube may also set additional cookies.

Qualaroo

We use Qualaroo to provide in-page surveys so that we can gather customer feedback and improve our site. Qualaroo uses cookies to ensure you don't see a survey you've completed multiple times.

AddThis

We use AddThis to provide convenient page sharing functionality. AddThis uses cookies to personalise its service.

Twitter

We embed feeds from Twitter to help users to access content on social media. Twitter uses cookies for authentication, preferences, analytics and to personalise content.

Facebook

We embed feeds from Facebook to help users to access content on social media. Facebook uses cookies for authentication, preferences, analytics and to personalise content.

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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