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To get a feel for the nature of the blog, please visit our inaugural post: “Introducing The Source: Our Core Principles and What to Expect

Hear us out. Talk to us—we’re listening. Feel free to leave comments or contact us directly through the “Contact us” tab. We only ask that you first read and review our community guidelines below:

Community Guidelines

By commenting on our blogs, you are agreeing to abide by the following community guidelines. Although we will do our utmost to avoid this, The Source admins reserve the right to delete, move or otherwise alter comments posted by users if they are deemed to violate these Guidelines.

We ask that you:

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Restricting Access

  • Provided you stick to these common sense rules you may continue to access our blogs.
  • We reserve the right to remove any comment breaking these rules without prior contact with the author. Our right to remove any post is not restricted to the reasons explicitly mentioned in these Guidelines.
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  • As a last resort we may issue a ban (either temporary or permanent) if it becomes evident that you are unwilling to keep to these guidelines. This will only occur if we feel it is necessary to protect others or the integrity of the blogs.


We reserve the right to change these guidelines at any time. The current version of these Guidelines will always be available here in the about section. If you are uncertain about anything in them, please email us at thesource@springer.com or through the “Contact us” tab.

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