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Although most changes are likely to be minor, eLife may change its Privacy Notice from time to time, and at our sole discretion. We encourage visitors to check this page frequently for any changes to its Privacy Notice. First published October 19, 2020.

1st June 2021: added Intercom information to Sciety privacy policy.

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