Repository Policies

  • Metadata Policy (for information describing items in the repository)
    • Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
    • The metadata may be re-used in any medium without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes provided the OAI Identifier.
    • 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)
    • Anyone may access full items free of charge.
    • Single copies of full items can be reproduced, and displayed or performed in any format or medium for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
    • Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.
  • Content Policy (for document types and datasets)
    • This is an institutional repository.
    • The repository only permits┬áThesises.
    • All items are individually tagged with their peer-review status and publication status.
  • Submission Policy (concerning depositors, quality and copyright)
    • Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the organisation, or their delegated agents.
    • Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
    • The administrator only vets items for the exclusion of spam.
    • The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
    • Items may not be deposited until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired.
    • Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
    • If the repository receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.
  • Preservation Policy
    • Items will be retained indefinitely.
    • The repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
    • The repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
    • Items may not normally be removed from the repository.
    • Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
      • Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
      • Legal requirements and proven violations
      • National Security
      • Falsified research
    • Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view.
    • Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely.
    • URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.
    • Changes to deposited items are not permitted.
    • If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
    • In the event of the repository being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.