Conditions of use

The SQP Software and the SQP Database are owned by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (hereinafter referred to as “UPF”) whose Tax Identification Number is Q5850017D and head office at plaça de la Mercè 10-12, 08002 Barcelona, represented by its Vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer, Dra. Eulàlia de Nadal Clanchet, by virtue of the powers granted by article 4 of the Rector's Resolution of May 31, 2021, regarding the delegation of powers to the vice-rectors and to the general secretary of Barcelona.

UPF provides GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften e.V. (hereafter referred to as “GESIS”), registered with the Local Court of Mannheim under number VR1449, whose head office is at B6, 4-5, 68159 Mannheim, post office box 122155, 68072 Mannheim represented by its president Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf, the use of SQP Software and the assignment of SQP Database by contract.

1. Legal notice and acceptance

This document regulates the use of the Internet Website (hereafter, SQP) to which you have just accessed, owned by GESIS. The use of SQP provides you the condition of User and implies its full and unreserved acceptance to each and every provision included both in this document and in the Privacy Policy, in force at each moment in which the User access it, so if you do not agree with any of the conditions set forth herein, you should not use/access SQP. The UPF and GESIS reserves the right to modify at any time the present Conditions of Use of SQP as well as any other General or Particular Conditions, Regulations of use, Instructions or notifications that may be applicable. Furthermore, the UPF and GESIS reserves the right to modify, suspend, interrupt or stop operating SQP at any time. Consequently, the User must carefully and thoroughly read this document in its entirety. All those natural or legal persons resident or domiciled in other countries of the European Union or outside the European Union must ensure that the access and use of SQP and/or its content is allowed in accordance with its own legislation. In any case, access to and use of SQP by a user who is not domiciled in Germany, in particular, is at the user's own risk and releases UPF and GESIS from any liability to the extent permitted by applicable law.

2. Object

Through SQP, GESIS provides Users access to various contents, services, information and data. The "Contents" are made available to Users by UPF and GESIS or by third-party providers or by other SQP Users. The UPF and GESIS reserves the right to modify at any time the presentation, configuration and location of SQP, as well as the Contents and the conditions required to use them.

3. Conditions of access and use of the website SQP

The User knows and accepts that the access and use of SQP and/or of the Contents included in it takes place freely and consciously, under his/her exclusive responsibility. The access to SQP and/or the Contents included in it does not imply any kind of guarantee regarding the suitability of SQP and/or the Contents included in it for private or specific purposes of the Users. The UPF and GESIS could establish further limitations and/or additional conditions for the use and/or access to SQP and/or the Contents, which must be observed by the Users in any case. All personal information provided by the User must be truthful. For these purposes, the User guarantees the authenticity of all the data communicated as a result of completing the necessary forms for the subscription of the Services or access to contents. Furthermore, it will be the responsibility of the User to keep all the information provided to the UPF and GESIS permanently updated so that it responds, at all times, to the real situation of the User. In any case, the User will be solely responsible for the false or inaccurate statements made and the damages caused to UPF and GESIS or third parties for the information provided. The User agrees to make an appropriate and lawful use of SQP and the Contents, in accordance with the applicable Law, these Conditions of Use, morality and generally accepted good practices and public order. The User must refrain from:

  • Make an unauthorized or fraudulent use of SQP and/or the Content for illegal purposes or effects, prohibited in these Conditions of Use, harmful to the rights and interests of third parties, or in any way damage, disable, overload, deteriorate or prevent the normal use of the Services, computer equipment or documents, files and all kinds of content stored on any computer equipment.
  • Access or attempt to access resources or restricted areas of SQP, without complying with the conditions required for such access;
  • Causing damage to the physical or logical systems of UPF and GESIS, its suppliers or third parties;
  • Introduce or disseminate in the network computer viruses or any other physical or logical systems that are likely to cause damage to the physical or logical systems of UPF and GESIS, its suppliers or third parties;
  • Attempt to access, use and/or manipulate the data of UPF and GESIS, third-party providers and other Users;
  • Reproduce or copy, distribute, allow public access through any form of public communication, transform or modify the Contents, unless you have the authorization of the owner of the corresponding rights or it is legally permitted;
  • Delete, hide or manipulate the notes on intellectual or industrial property rights and other data identifying the rights of UPF and GESIS or third parties incorporated into the Content, as well as technical protection devices or any information mechanisms that may be inserted in the content;
  • Obtain and try to obtain the Contents using means or procedures different from those that, according to the cases, have been made available for this purpose or have been expressly indicated in the web pages where the Contents are located or, in general, of those that are usually used on the Internet because they do not involve a risk of damage or disablement of SQP and/or of the Contents.

4. Restricted area of access

To access and use the restricted access area, Users must register in advance by filling out a form (the "Registration Form") available on the SQP website. The data entered by the Users in the Registration Form must be exact, current and true, at all times, and will be processed by GESIS in the way indicated in the Privacy Policy. The non-registered users will have access to a demonstration version of SQP with limited functionalities.

5. Industrial and intellectual property rights

The User knows and accepts that all industrial and intellectual property rights over the Contents and/or any other elements inserted by Users in SQP belong to the UPF. The Content inserted by the Users will be public at the SQP website but anonymized. In any case does the access to SQP imply any type of waiver, transfer, license or total or partial cession of said rights, unless expressly stated otherwise. The present Conditions of Use of SQP do not confer to the Users any other right of use, alteration, exploitation, reproduction, distribution or public communication of SQP and/or its Contents other than those expressly provided herein. Any other use or exploitation of any rights will be subject to the prior and express authorization specifically granted for this purpose by the UPF and GESIS. The UPF and GESIS authorizes Users to use, view, print, download and store the Contents and/or the elements inserted in SQP exclusively for their personal, private and non-profit use. Exceptionally, when the use of any of the Content included in SQP has academic purposes, the use of those contents will be allowed if it is duly referenced. For this the User must mention that the Contents have been generated using Survey Quality Predictor (SQP) 3.0, created by Willem Saris and further, developed by the SQP team at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, GESIS and collaborators. The citation to be used is the following: Saris, W. E. (2022). Survey Quality Predictor 3 [Online software]. Version 3.0. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften e.V., Mannheim. Retrieved from: It is strictly forbidden to use such Contents, their reproduction, communication and / or distribution for commercial or lucrative purposes, as well as their modification or alteration. For any other use than those expressly permitted, it will be mandatory to obtain the prior written consent of the owner of the rights in question.

6. Personal data protection policy

In order to use some of the Services or access certain contents, Users must provide GESIS with certain personal information beforehand. GESIS makes its personal data protection policy available to the User in the Privacy Policy section.

7. Disclaimer of guarantees and liabilities

Disclaimer of guarantees and liabilities for the operation of the SQP. UPF and GESIS does not guarantee the availability and continuity of the operation of SQP or those other websites with which a Link has been established. Furthermore, the UPF and GESIS will not be responsible in any case for any damages that may arise from:

  • Lack of availability or accessibility to SQP or to those other sites with which a Link has been established;
  • The interruption in the operation of SQP or computer failures, telephone breakdowns, disconnections, delays or blockages caused by deficiencies or overloads in the telephone lines, in the Internet system or in other electronic systems produced in the course of its operation;
  • The lack of suitability of SQP for the specific needs of Users and;
  • Other damages that may be caused by third parties through unauthorized interference beyond the control of UPF and GESIS. In order to reduce the risk of virus introduction in SQP, GESIS uses virus detection programs to control all the contents that are introduced in SQP. However, UPF and GESIS does not guarantee the absence of viruses or other elements in SQP introduced by third parties outside the UPF and GESIS that may cause alterations in the physical or logical systems of the Users or in the electronic documents and files stored in their systems. Consequently, UPF and GESIS will not be responsible in any case for any damages of any kind that may arise from the presence of viruses or other elements that may cause alterations in the physical or logical systems, electronic documents or files of the Users.

8. Actions in the case of non-compliance

The UPF and GESIS reserves the right to exercise as many actions as are available in law to demand the responsibilities arising from the non-compliance of any of the provisions of these Conditions of Use of SQP by a User. UPF and GESIS may withdraw or suspend at any time and without prior notice the provision of the Services to those Users who fail to comply with the provisions of these Conditions of Use.

9. Partial nullity

The declaration of any of these conditions as null, invalid or ineffective will not affect the validity or effectiveness of the rest, which will remain binding between the parties. The renounce by any of the parties to demand at any given moment the fulfillment of any of the general conditions stipulated herein shall not imply a general renounce of compliance with another condition or conditions, nor shall it create a right acquired for the other party.

10. Applicable law and jurisdiction

The provision of the SQP service and these Conditions of Use of the SQP are regulated by German Law. The exclusive place of jurisdiction is Manheim, Germany.