Policies

Metadata Policy

for information describing items in the repository
  1. Access to some or all of the metadata is controlled.
  2. No metadata re-use policy defined. Assume no rights at all have been granted.

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, displayed or performed, and given to third parties
    • 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
    • a hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page
    • the original copyright statement is given
    • the original rights permission statement is given
    • the content is not changed in any way
  3. Full items must not be harvested by robots except transiently for citation analysis
  4. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.
  5. This repository is not the publisher; it is merely the online archive.

Content Policy

for types of document & data set held
  1. This is a multi-institution subject-based repository.
  2. The repository is restricted to:Theses and dissertations
  3. Deposited items may include:
    • 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 peer-review status.
    • their publication status.
  5. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy

concerning depositors, quality & copyright
  1. Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the institution
  2. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
  3. 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
  4. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  5. No embargo policy defined.
  6. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
  7. 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.
    • It may not be possible to guarantee the readability of some unusual file formats.
  3. The repository is working with external partners to develop and implement software emulations for old file formats
  4. The repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
  5. Items may be removed at the request of the author/copyright holder, but this is strongly discouraged.
  6. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    • Journal publishers' rules
    • Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    • Legal requirements and proven violations
    • National Security
    • Falsified research
  7. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view.
  8. Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely.
  9. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.
  10. The metadata of withdrawn items will not be searchable.
  11. Changes to deposited items are not permitted.
  12. Errata and corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required.
  13. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
  14. In the event of the repository being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.