Cookie Policy

When you visit our website and use our services, we may collect certain information by automated means, such as cookies. A "cookie" is a text file that websites send to a visitor's computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor's browser or to store information or settings in the browser.

On figshare, we use two kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies exist only for as long as your browser remains open. Once you close your browser, they are deleted. Persistent cookies, in contrast, last beyond each visit to figshare and remain on your hard drive after you close your browser. The cookies used on figshare include those that are strictly necessary cookies for access and navigation, cookies that track usage (performance cookies) and remember your choices (functionality cookies).

We may use third-party web analytics services on figshare, such as Google Analytics. These service providers help us analyze how users use figshare. The information collected for this purpose (including your IP address and other information collected by automated means) will be disclosed to or collected directly by these service providers. These service providers may retain and use anonymised, aggregated data collected from users of figshare in connection with their own businesses, including in order to improve their products and services. To learn more about opting out of data collection through Google Analytics, click the link below: at

We use information collected online through cookies and other automated means for purposes such as (i) recognizing your computer when you visit figshare, (ii) tracking you as you navigate figshare (iii) improving figshare’s usability, (iv) analyzing use of figshare, (v) managing figshare, and (vi) personalizing figshare. We also use this information to help diagnose technical and service problems, administer figshare, identify users of figshare, and gather demographic information about our users. We use clickstream data to determine how much time users spend on web pages of figshare, how users navigate through figshare, and how we may tailor figshare to better meet the needs of our users.

Your browser may tell you how to be notified when you receive certain types of cookies or how to restrict or disable certain types of cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to use all of the features of figshare.

We also may use the information we obtain about you in other ways for which we provide specific notice at the time of collection.

figshare is not designed to respond to “do not track” signals received from browsers.