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Repository 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. Anyone may access full items free of charge.
  2. Single copies of full items can be:
    1. reproduced, and displayed or performed in any format or medium
    2. for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
    provided:
    1. the authors, title and full bibliographic details are given
    2. the original copyright statement is given
  3. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.
  4. Mention of the repository is appreciated but not mandatory.

Content Policy

for types of document & data set held
  1. This is an institutional or departmental repository.
  2. Subject Specialities:
    1. Biology and Biochemistry
    2. Chemistry and Chemical Technology
    3. Health and Medicine
  3. The repository is restricted to:
    1. Journal articles
    2. Bibliographic references
    3. Conference and workshop papers
    4. Unpublished reports and working papers
    5. Books, chapters and sections
    6. Other special item types
    7. Special materials: Policy documents
  4. Deposited items may include:
    1. accepted versions (author's final peer-reviewed drafts)
    2. published versions (publisher-created files)
  5. Items are individually tagged with:
    1. their peer-review status.
    2. their publication status.
  6. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy

concerning depositors, quality & copyright
  1. Items may only be deposited by academic staff of the organisation, or their delegated agents.
  2. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
  3. Eligible depositors must deposit bibliographic metadata for all their publications.
  4. The administrator only vets items for the eligibility of authors/depositors, relevance to the scope of the repository, valid layout & format, and the exclusion of spam
  5. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  6. Items may not be deposited until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired.
  7. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
  8. If the repository receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.

Preservation Policy

  1. Items will be retained indefinitely.
  2. The repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
  3. The repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
  4. Items may not normally be removed from the repository.
  5. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    1. Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    2. Legal requirements and proven violations
    3. National Security
    4. Falsified research
    5. Personal Safety
  6. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view.
  7. Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely.
  8. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.
  9. Changes to deposited items are not permitted.
  10. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
  11. In the event of the repository being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.