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Which fields can visualize an unregistered user?

  • An unregistered user can search for pathology files, both by Key Word (direct search) and by advanced search. The access to the discussion forum about the posted files or those waiting for approval is restricted, such as the possibility to provide new files.

Which fields have free access for registered users?

  • A registered user, besides being able to visualize all the files in the Atlas of materials pathology, both approved or in process of approval, has access to the discussion forum with other users and can add new files of alteration in materials to the atlas library.

What is the private area?

  • The private area includes those fields of the website which access is restricted to registered users. In this private area, it is possible to take part in the discussion forum and post new files about materials pathologies.

Is there any requirement necessary to register as a user?

  • No special requirements are needed, just fill out the existing form.

Any amount paid to register?

  • The Atlas of materials pathology is totally free. This project aims to be carried out with the collaboration of all the professionals involved in the conservation of cultural heritage and that would like to take part.

Is there any requirement necessary to post new files to the website?

  • It is required to be a registered user. The files must be filled as detailed as possible. Before a new file is incorporated to the Atlas, it is placed in a “quarantine” area for about 1 month, where registered users and experts can give their opinions, exchange impressions and assess the provided documentation. After this deadline, if the file is validated, it will become part of the atlas and it will be available to everyone (also for unregistered users). If the file is rejected, the correspondent editor will provide the author some comments to improve the file, so it could be modified and reassessed.

What are the mandatory fields to fulfil the pathology file?

  • In the form, the files that are indispensable are highlighted. They are the name of the pathology, description of the sample (origin, register), image and description of the alteration (regular and microscope image (x30-x40)), causes of the pathology, author of the file and bibliography.

How long does it take to validate a new file?

  • About one month is the time needed to assess and validate the files by the experts committee and the editorial board. During this time, the file is posted in the area available to registered users, so it is possible to open a forum about this specific pathology, and opinions and similar experiences can come out to help in the knowledge of this matter.

If the files are not approved, does the author receive any report of the experts committee or the editorial board?

  • If a file has not been considered suitable, the author will receive a report with appropriate remarks, both concerning the reason for its refusal and possible suggestions for its improvement, so it can be reassessed in the future.

Is it possible to comment existing files (already approved)?

  • If you are a registered user, in the discussion forum, you can comment both existing files and new ones on the validation process. It is also possible to contact the editorial board to make any suggestions or comments.
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