Staff and students depositing their work in the repository are reminded that this policy document has been written in addition to the existing University of Lincoln Regulations and covers the use and management of the Institutional Repository.
Copyright and Use Notice
The University of Lincoln's Institutional Repository provides immediate and free worldwide access to the University's research and teaching and learning output. The repository is not a publisher but merely an online archive for deposited items. Depositing an item in the repository does not change or affect the original Intellectual Property Rights or Copyright of the work. Deposit in the repository is by non-exclusive agreement and the author is free to publish any version of the work elsewhere. Deposit in the repository makes the work available to to a wide variety of individuals and institutions, including automated online search engines. Therefore a citation of the work will always remain visible.
Metadata Policy for information describing items in the repository
Data Policy for full-text and other full data items
- 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 and re-sold commercially provided the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record are given.
Content Policy for types of document & data set held
- Anyone may access full items free of charge.
- Copies of full items generally can be:
- reproduced, displayed or performed, and given to third parties in any format or medium.
- for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
- the authors, title and full bibliographic details are given
- a hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page
- the content is not changed in any way
- Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.
- Some full items are individually tagged with different rights permissions and conditions.
- This repository is not the publisher; it is merely the online archive.
- Mention of the repository is appreciated but not mandatory.
Submission Policy concerning depositors, quality & copyright
- This is an institutional repository.
- The repository holds all types of materials.
- Papers are individually tagged with their peer-review and publication status.
- Items may only be deposited by members of the organisation.
- Authors may only submit approved academic work for archiving.
- 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
- The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
- Items can be deposited at any time, but will not be made publicly visible 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.
- Items will be retained indefinitely.
- The repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
- Items will be migrated to new file formats where necessary.
- Where possible, software emulations will be provided to access un-migrated formats.
- It may not be possible to guarantee the readability of some unusual file formats.
- The repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
- The original bit stream is retained for all items, in addition to any upgraded formats.
- 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' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely.
- URLs will continue to point to 'old' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.
- Changes to deposited items are not permitted.
- Errata and corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required.
- If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
- In the event of the repository being closed down, the University will endeavour to transfer the database to another appropriate archive.