Policies

Metadata Policy

for information describing items in the repository
  1. Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
  2. The metadata may be re-used in any medium without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes provided the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record are given.
  3. The metadata must not be re-used in any medium for commercial purposes without formal permission.

Data Policy

for full-text and other full data items
  1. Access to some or all full items is controlled.
  2. Single copies of full items can be:
    • reproduced, and displayed or used
    • for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
    provided the authors, title and full bibliographic details are given
  3. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.

Content Policy

for types of document & data set held
  1. This is a multi-institution subject-based repository.
  2. The repository is restricted to:
    • Journal articles
    • Bibliographic references
    • Theses and dissertations
    • Unpublished reports and working papers
    • Books, chapters and sections
  3. Deposited items may include:
    • working drafts
    • submitted versions (as sent to journals for peer-review)
    • accepted versions (author's final peer-reviewed drafts)
    • published versions (publisher-created files)
  4. Items are individually tagged with:
    • their version type and date.
    • their publication status.
  5. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy

concerning depositors, quality & copyright
  1. Items may be deposited by any registered user of the system.
  2. Depositors must deposit bibliographic metadata for all their publications.
  3. The administrator only vets items for relevance to the scope of the repository
  4. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  5. Items can be deposited at any time, but if the depositor enters an embargo expiry date the item will not be made publicly visible until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired.
  6. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.

Preservation Policy

  1. The repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
  2. The repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
  3. Items may be removed at the request of the author/copyright holder, but this is strongly discouraged.
  4. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    • Journal publishers' rules
    • Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    • Legal requirements and proven violations
    • National Security
    • Falsified research
  5. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
    • The earlier version may be withdrawn from public view.