Please ensure that you carefully read and understand these terms and conditions before proceeding with any contract, agreement, or exchange of information with the Copywriter. These terms and conditions are binding and cannot be varied by any instructions or actions except by an express written agreement signed by the Editor-in-chief on behalf of the Copywriter.
2.0 Nature of Contract
Any contract with a client is specifically between the client and the Copywriter. The client cannot transfer the rights and liabilities under the contract to any third party. The relationship between a client and the Copywriter is that of an independent contractor. The Copywriter is not an employee, partner, agent, worker, or representative of the client, and does not give the impression of being such. Our time and services to a client are limited to the particular work at hand, including any necessary extensions or modifications within the agreed work scope.
3.0 Briefing and Instructions
For each contract, the client is expected to provide specific instructions for the prospective work. The client must communicate these instructions to the editor-in-chief via email or any other agreed-upon channel. Based on the requirements and instructions provided, the Copywriter will inform the client if the work can be delivered as instructed and within the specified deadline. The instructions typically cover the topic, case study, style of writing, reference styles, length of content (words or pages), and other relevant details.
4.0 Pricing and Payments
The pricing for a specific work depends on various factors, including the nature of requirements, instructions, time frame, and other relevant considerations. The Copywriter will inform the client of the chargeable fees based on the instructions provided. Changes or modifications to the initial brief and instructions may result in adjustments to the fees, usually upwards.
Before the commencement of any work, the client is required to make a 50% non-refundable deposit of the agreed cost price to an account designated by the Copywriter through the editor-in-chief. An invoice for the remaining 50% balance will be provided when the work is halfway completed, and the full work will be delivered to the client only after the editor-in-chief has duly received the balance. In the case of projects with large volumes, payments can be staggered and will be made in accordance with the agreed project milestones.
All payments are to be made electronically, and proof of payment must be sent to the editor-in-chief within 24 hours.
5.0 Commencement of Work
No work will be commenced until the client has made an initial payment of a 50% non-refundable deposit of the agreed cost price and has sent an email to the editor-in-chief confirming the following:
1. The client has made the required payment as stated above.
2. The client has read and understood the terms, conditions, and warranties and agrees to abide by them without exceptions.
3. The client authorizes the Copywriter to proceed with the work and agrees to the chargeable fees.
Once the conditions under this clause 5.0 are fulfilled, the work will be deemed to have commenced, and the timeline for completion starts counting from that point.
6.0 Timescale, Milestones, and Deadlines
The Copywriter acknowledges the importance and implications of working and delivering jobs on or before the agreed-upon deadlines. Every effort will be made to ensure that all works are delivered within the agreed time. However, in rare cases where the Copywriter cannot meet the agreed deadline, the editor-in-chief will inform the client as soon as possible, and variations to the timeline can be made. The editor-in-chief or the Copywriter will not be liable to the client or any third party for missing deadlines or any penalties arising from such delays.
7.0 Termination of Contract and Pause Clause
If a client wishes to terminate a contract after work has commenced but before completion, the client shall forfeit the initial deposit paid and may be required to pay an additional fee based on the level of work already completed. Unless the balance of 50% is paid within 5 working days of such termination, all correspondences with the client will be severed, and any discussions regarding the terminated work shall be considered a fresh contract. Termination must be done via email or any other means of correspondence being used between the editor-in-chief and the client.
A contract is deemed abandoned and, therefore, implicitly terminated if a client fails to respond to communication within 10 working days of making the initial non-refundable deposit payment. Failure to provide feedback or data in line with the copywriter’s requests or in accordance with the project milestones will result in the work being deemed “paused” and may be rescheduled based on availability and workload on the side of the Copywriter. Failure to provide feedback or data exceeding 30 days will be deemed as a termination of the contract.
8.0 Revisions, Corrections, and Allowable Adjustments
A client is entitled to two revisions for a given work, and the Copywriter will make the necessary revisions as per the client’s observations. However, revisions involving adjustments or changes in topics, variables, case studies, work volume not initially indicated, chapter outlines, and work outlines agreed to by the client may incur additional fees.
The two allowable revisions must be requested by the client within the first 60 days after the job was completed and transmitted to the client. Any revisions requested after the allowable period of 60 days or within the two revisions will attract an extra fee based on the extent and nature of the required corrections. For journal papers with extended review periods, the copywriter must be notified of timelines and processes at least 10 working days before the expiration of the allowable period of 60 days. Failure to do so will result in the contract being considered completed, and no revisions will be covered under the extended period for journal papers.
Revisions will not be accepted for parts of the work contents sent to the client for acknowledgment and completion of payments. Revisions will only be accepted and acted upon based on overall observations of the entire work contents to maintain coherency and comprehensive flow of ideas and information. However, for works in the form of a thesis, revisions may be accepted on a chapter-by-chapter basis.
9.0 Errors and Omissions
The Copywriter will make reasonable efforts to ensure that all works are proofread and meet the standards of grammatical and factual accuracy. However, it does not imply that all works are completely free from typographical, grammatical, and factual errors and misconstructions.
10.0 Copyrights, Plagiarism, and Claims
The Copywriter will ensure that all works produced comply with copyright laws, pass plagiarism tests, and contain accurate facts and statements to the best of the Copywriter’s knowledge at the time of completing the work. However
, the client must take responsibility for confirming the authenticity of the work produced at any given time.
The Copywriter or its agents are not liable to any client or third party for claims arising from any breach of copyrights or damages arising from a work done for a client. This provision applies to all works completed prior to the issuance of these terms, conditions, and warranties.
11.0 Completion and Closure of Works
A work is considered completed once the instructions given by the client are carried out, the work or project is produced and delivered to the client, and the 50% balance payment is made. The completed work will be transmitted to the client for revisions.
A work is considered closed when the allowable period or number of revisions has elapsed, or when the revisions requested by the client have been implemented accordingly.
If the 50% balance payment is not made within 14 working days after communication to the client of the completion of the work, and no further information regarding payment plans and acceptable modes of payment is received from the client within the following 5 days, an extra fee of 4% of the total agreed fee for that particular work will accrue for every additional 14 days.
12.0 Intellectual Property Rights and Indemnification
Upon completion of the work or project, all copyrights are implicitly transferred to the client. However, the Copywriter and her agents reserve the right to use extracts of the work for the Copywriter’s portfolio or marketing purposes. The client agrees to indemnify the Copywriter, editor-in-chief, and any agent of the Copywriter against any actions or damages incurred as a result of the client’s use of the services provided by the Copywriter or her agents.
13.0 Validity and Enforceability
The contents of these terms, conditions, and warranties are valid and enforceable in a court of law. If a particular provision is void, illegal, or unenforceable, it does not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining contents, as it is limited to the voided, illegal, or unenforceable provision only.