Terms and Conditions


Your use of the Researchframework.org website is governed by the Website Terms and Conditions set out below. These terms set out the basis on which you may use and contribute to the Research Framework Network (RFN).

These terms are between users and/or contributors, the Research Framework Network and the owners of the individual Research Frameworks.

The Research Frameworks Network has been developed by Landward Research on behalf of Historic England (HE) and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.  When discussing the RFN throughout this document the term ‘Research Framework Network’ or ‘RFN’ refers to these organisations.

You should also read our Privacy Policy.

If you experience problems with the website please contact rfadmin@researchframeworks.org

Important disclaimers

This website is provided by the RFN on an “as is” basis. No warranties or representations of any kind expressed or implied are given in connection with this site or its content including the completeness or accuracy of any of its contents.

The RFN are not responsible for the content of external websites that link to this website or which are linked from it.

Use of site

The RFN reserve the right to withdraw the website at any time and without prior warning, the Research Framework owners will endeavour to advise users of its website in advance of any withdrawal, whether such withdrawal is temporary or permanent.

Copyright and related rights

The RFN website is released under a CC BY-SA licence. This applies to all content, designs, text, graphics, software compilations and source codes on this website with the exception of some images where rights holders have given the RFN permission under the provision they retain all copyright.  

Unless you inform the RFN, before posting an image, that you would like this arrangement, your image will be posted under the CC BY-SA licence. 

All text is released under CC BY-SA licence by default.

Please note: this licence grants the rights to reproduce, incorporate into collective works, to create and reproduce derivative works, to distribute copies of and display publicly with the same CC BY-SA licence.  You may not offer or impose any terms on the works that alter or restrict the terms of this license.  You must also keep intact all copyright notices for the work and give the original author/photographer/illustrator credit if the information is supplied within the RFN.


The RFN reserves the right to change or amend these Website Terms and Conditions without prior notice.

User-submitted content

In order to contribute to the Research Frameworks you must first register.

This can be done here.

By completing the user registration process you agree that your participation in and any contribution to the website will be subject to these Terms and Conditions, and to the Privacy Policy.

You also confirm that you are at least 16 years old.

As stated above, all text contributions are automatically released under CC BY-SA Licence.  You may limit release of images contributed by prior written agreement with the RFN.

All material must comply with the Rules of Acceptable Use, set out below.

Contributing to the Research Frameworks – rules of acceptable use

The ability to comment/contribute on Research Frameworks is provided for the exchange of lawful, relevant, fair and appropriate information, opinions and comment. Use of the website that is inconsistent with those stated purposes is strictly prohibited.

Your use of the commenting facility and this website generally is subject to the following terms which, by signing up as a contributor, you are deemed to accept (and which amount to a non-exhaustive list of prohibited acts):

  • You may not place on this website any material (or use any user name) which is defamatory, abusive, discriminatory, threatening, harassing, harmful to children, obscene, offensive, or which applauds, encourages or entices abuse, discrimination or hate; or which might bring the RFN or individual Research Framework owners into disrepute. 
  • You may not post any material on this website which has been disclosed to you in confidence or which, by its nature, is confidential.
  • You may not post any material on this website which compromises or is invasive of the privacy or security of anyone other than yourself.
  • You may not use multiple log-ins or post duplicate, repetitive or trivial content or content which does not relate to the RFN content. 
  • You may not place on the website any material which may encourage criminal conduct or which may give rise to civil liability, or which is otherwise unlawful. 
  • You may not place on this website any material belonging to any person (or any material where the rights belong to any person) other than yourself without the prior written consent of the owner of it. 
  • You may not place on the site any material whose publication by the RFN may give rise to any third party claims.
  • You may not place any links on this website where those links take users to unlawful material or material that contravenes these Rules of Acceptable Use.
  • You may not place on this website advertisements nor make commercial solicitations nor use this website for any commercial purposes (which would include using the website to promote or encourage the sale of your goods/services). 
  • You may not place on this website any material that authorises, enables or encourages the dissemination of any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation; or which contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, damage, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or which might interfere with the normal operation of this website or servers or networks connected to this website. 
  • You agree that the RFN accept no responsibility for any statements, material or other submissions placed on this website by you or any third party, or for any loss or damage resulting from your breach of these Rules of Acceptable Use. 
  • You agree to indemnify the RFN, its management and steering group from any and all claims and liabilities (including legal fees) which arise from your statements, contributions or other submissions to this website, from any unauthorised use of material obtained from our website or otherwise from your breach of our Rules of Acceptable Use.

Refusal, removal and/or editing of content

The RFN, and others that it designates, shall have the right (but not the obligation) at its sole discretion to refuse, remove or edit any content that is posted to, or available on, this website without the need to give any reasons for doing so.

Content objections

If you object to the publication of any material placed on this website please let the RFN know by sending an appropriately worded email to rfadmin@researchframeworks.org, this will be reviewed and we will take whatever action we deem appropriate.


In order to contribute to the RFN you are required to register and provide certain information about yourself and where you do this you agree to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the registration form.

As part of the registration process you are asked to create a username (which will be publicly visible) and password.

You are fully responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password, and for all activities that occur through your account. 

Our use of Registration Data and certain other information about you is subject to the Privacy Policy.

Date last updated: 02/02/22