SwissSimilarity | Terms Of Use

Access to the SwissSimilarity website is made under following Terms of Use. Unless otherwise stated, such terms shall apply when accessing and using any contents (in whole or in part) display on the SwissSimilarity website.


SwissSimilarity website, layout, logos are subject to copyright protection and are the exclusive property of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB). The name and logos of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the SwissSimilarity website must not be associated with publicity or business promotion without SIB's prior written approval.


SwissSimilarity is available under the CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons 4.0 International License. This means that you can copy and redistribute in any medium or format, transform and build upon the material taken from SwissSimilarity database for any purpose, even commercially, provided you give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests SIB endorses you or your use. You must not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Acknowledgement and citing rule

If you like to cite the SwissSimilarity website or when you publish, patent or distribute results that were fully or partially based on contents obtained from SwissSimilarity website, please cite the following references papers:

Zoete, V., Daina, A., Bovigny, C., & Michielin, O. SwissSimilarity: A Web Tool for Low to Ultra High Throughput Ligand-Based Virtual Screening., J. Chem. Inf. Model., 2016, 56(8), 1399-1404.


All information on the SwissSimilarity website is provided "AS-IS", without any warranty, expressed or implied. SIB makes no warranties regarding the correctness of the data and disclaim liability for damages resulting from its use. All data is provided for research, educational and informational purposes only. SwissSimilarity must not be used for medical purposes such as diagnosis, treatment, or care and for data which must remain confidential. Regarding external links provided on the SwissSimilarity website, SIB shall assume no responsibility for the contents of any linked website. Furthermore, you must use the linked website at your own responsibility and in accordance with the terms of use of the linked website. SIB will make all reasonable effort to maintain continuity of its online services, however, SIB may temporarily suspend or discontinue the operation of its services in the case of maintenance, update, or in the event of force majeure, or when necessary. SIB attempts to notify users in advance of such temporary suspension or discontinuation; however, SIB accepts no responsibility for the consequences of these discontinuities in the service.

Privacy Policy

When accessing and using the SwissSimilarity website, SIB may collect information used exclusively for internal review, to improve the quality of our services and hardware infrastructure, and to also justify continued support of SwissSimilarity. SwissSimilarity is hosted by the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. For more information about the use of personal data that SIB may process, please refer to the SIB privacy policy.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms of use and the use of the SwissSimilarity website are governed by Swiss substantive law, without reference to its conflict of laws provisions. The competent courts in Lausanne, Switzerland, have exclusive jurisdiction.

These terms of use were last updated on November, 2021.