Sinauer Associates is now part of Oxford University Press

We are very pleased to announce that as of April 8th, 2017, Sinauer Associates has become an imprint of Oxford University Press.

Oxford University Press


Updated on: April 26th, 2017

Effective on: April 26th, 2017

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is specific to websites at the following domains:

  • any subdomains of the above domains

Any site located at any of the domains listed above is referred to as the "Website" in this policy, and this policy governs your use of any Website located at the domains listed above.

Sinauer is part of Oxford University Press (“OUP”). OUP is committed to protecting your privacy online. This privacy policy explains how we will do this. We will review this privacy policy in the light of comments we receive so please check the latest version. If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us.

OUP and any company and legal entity owned or controlled by OUP from time to time are referred to in this Privacy Policy as the “OUP Group,” “we,” “us,” or “our.” Members of the OUP Group may use and share the information that you provide and other information held about you for the purposes set out below. For more information about OUP, please go to

By using our Website, you are accepting the practices described in this statement.

What kind of information do we collect and how do we use it?

Visiting our Website: When you visit our Website, the OUP Group may collect information and statistics that contain your identifying information such as details of your visits to our Website including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, IP address, last visited website, navigation on the Website, weblogs and other communication data and the resources that you access. We also keep details of your computer (e.g. information about your browser, your operating system, and settings).

The information collected may include information relating to your behavior and navigation on the Website. This information allows us to carry out internal research on our users’ interests, demographics and behavior so that we can better understand, and in turn, provide better information, products and services to you and other customers.

Purchasing / Registering on our Website: If you purchase any books or other products from our Website; and/or if register as a user of our Website; and/or ask for further information about our Website, we may ask for your name, email address, postal address, and other relevant personal information. Personal information submitted in this way is added to our access control database, hosted by a third party hosting company, and the OUP Group customer databases at our premises. This information will be updated if you inform us of any changes.

If you are a registered user, your personal information will be used to enable us to verify that you are a registered user and to deliver any restricted content and functionality on our Website to you;

Instructors: If you are an instructor and you request examination copies of textbooks and supplements from our Website; and/or if you request preview access to password-protected areas of our Website; and/or if you register as a user of our Website, we may ask you for information which will allow us to confirm your instructor status. This may include information such as your name, e-mail address, telephone number, the school / academic institution at which you teach, the course you teach and the book or product you are using for that course.

We may also contact your institution to confirm your instructor status. Information you provide may be shared with your school / academic institution during this confirmation step.

Student Assessments and Work: Please see paragraph on Student Assessments and Work below.

Surveys: We may contact you by email to request that you provide feedback by completing surveys on your user experience of our Website and its content. Completion of these surveys is not compulsory. Any feedback will be used for internal OUP Group purposes only and will not be shared with third parties other than those affiliates, licensors and suppliers, which assist us in making our Website available to you.

Newsletters: If you sign up to receive newsletter emails, we will ask you for your email address and your name and this information will be added to our customer databases.

Information about us: We may use information in our customer databases to send you information about the OUP Group and our products and services that we think may be of interest to you electronically or otherwise.

Account Management and technical queries: We request personal information (such as your name, email address and other contact details) from you when you contact us with registered user account management queries, technical problems, to comment on the Website, or when you ask for information about how to use the products and/or services made available on the Website.

In order to carry out maintenance, provide technical support, and support students and instructors we may access data relating to student accounts and instructor accounts. We will only take these steps where necessary and any information relating to students or instructors will be kept confidential in line with this Privacy Policy.

Personal information submitted by you via the "contact us" page will not be added to our customer databases and we request it simply so that we can respond to you about your query. Statistics regarding the types of queries submitted to us via the "contact us" page may be collated by us in aggregate form so that we can effectively monitor the Website and improve levels of service.

Opting out: You may notify us either in writing or by telephone, fax or email that you object to being contacted or being contacted in a particular stated way. If you use more than one email address to communicate with us, please notify us of each email account you use. You may also contact us to ask what information we hold about you on our customer database.

When do we share information?

We do not sell your personal information to third parties.

We share your information within the OUP Group. We also share your information with our affiliates, licensors and suppliers, which assist us in making our Website available to you (e.g. our hosting supplier).

Where we use third party tools, for example, Google Analytics, to assist us with our Website, these service providers may collect certain data from your visits to our Website including, for example, the web address of the page that you're visiting, and your IP address. They may also set cookies on your browser or read cookies that are already there. For further information on how Google uses this data, please go to:

If we believe that your use of our Website is unlawful or damaging to others, we reserve the right to disclose the information we have obtained through our Website about you to third parties to the extent that it is reasonably necessary in our opinion to prevent, remedy or take action in relation to such conduct.

We may also disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation; in order to enforce or apply any agreements or licenses with you; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of the OUP Group, our employees, affiliates, licensors, suppliers, and/or our customers. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

If any part of the OUP Group is sold or integrated with another business, your details may be disclosed to our advisers and any prospective purchasers and their advisers.

Student Scores and Work

Our Website may allow students to carry out work—such as online learning and quizzes. Both instructors and students create user accounts by entering their name and e-mail address and setting a password. Protection of information entered by students on our Website is controlled by password systems that depend upon both instructors and students keeping their passwords secure.

Each student only has access to his or her own work or scores. An instructor can only access work or scores of students signed up to courses run by that particular instructor.

In order to carry out maintenance, provide technical support, and support students and instructors, we may access data relating to student and instructor accounts. We will only take these steps when necessary, and any information relating to students or instructors will be kept confidential in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Links to third party websites

A number of third party websites have links on our Website. If you visit any of those websites, they may collect information. Such websites are not within our control and are not covered by this privacy policy. These websites may have their own privacy policies and we do not accept any responsibility or liability for those policies. Please check those policies before you submit any personal data to such third party websites.

Use of cookies

The OUP Group uses "cookies" and other technologies on the Website. The terms and conditions governing our use of "cookies" and such other technologies on the Website are set out in our Cookie Policy.

By using the Website, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of our Cookie Policy.

Interest based advertising

We may engage network providers to show you other products or services you may be interested in. To find out more about the identity of the advertising network provider(s) and/or how to opt-out of viewing the advert(s), please point the cursor of your mouse on the top right hand corner of the adverts(s) and left click.

Please note these advertising network providers use “tracking cookies” as well as information collected from your browser and terminal equipment (that is, your computer, laptop, mobile phone or handheld device) when accessing the Website.

While the third party advertisers may obtain your information via their advertising network solution, we do not provide any personally identifiable information to adverting network providers or third party advertisers.


Some of your personal information is stored at a data center managed by our third party hosting company. The data center managed by our third party hosting company is specifically designed to be physically secure and to admit authorized personnel only, who are contractually bound to keep all of our data confidential.

We do not store any credit card or other customer financial information used in purchasing via our Website — we only store name and address information for these purchases. Credit card information related to purchases made via our website is handled securely by our credit card processing gateway.

The information that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us, or for one of our suppliers. However, we have taken the steps outlined above to try to improve the security of your information. By using the Website, you consent to these transfers.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your information including personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorized access.

Updating Your Details

If any of the information that you have provided to us changes e.g. if you change your email address, please let us know the correct details by contacting us. Alternatively, you can update your personal information via the Website, which will cause the old information to be deleted and replaced with the updated information.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to make changes to this privacy policy. Any changes we may make to this privacy policy will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email.

Governing Law

You agree that this privacy policy shall be exclusively governed in accordance with the laws of and the courts in England and Wales.