SOAS Research Online Policies
- This is an institutional or departmental repository.
- Subject Specialities:
- Arts and Humanities General
- Agriculture, Food and Veterinary
- History and Archaeology
- Language and Literature
- Ecology and Environment
- Philosophy and Religion
- Social Sciences General
- Business and Economics
- Law and Politics
- Management and Planning
- SOAS Research Online holds research publications in all except:
- Learning Objects
- Papers may include:
- unpublished pre-prints (not peer-reviewed)
- final peer-reviewed drafts (post-prints)
- published versions
- Papers are individually tagged with their peer-review and publication status.
- Principal Languages: English
- Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the institution, or their delegated agents.
- Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
- Eligible depositors must deposit metadata for all their publications.
- Eligible depositors are encouraged to deposit full texts of all their publications, although they may delay making them publicly visible to comply with publishers' embargos.
- The administrator only vets items for the eligibility of authors/depositors, relevance to the scope of SOAS Research Online, valid layout and 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 SOAS Research Online receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.
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 or a link to the original metadata record are given
- SOAS Research Online is mentioned
- 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.
- Copies of full items for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge generally can be reproduced, displayed or performed, and given to third parties in any format or medium 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
- Full items must not be harvested by robots except transiently for full-text indexing or citation analysis
- 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.
- Items will be retained indefinitely.
- SOAS Research Online will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
- Items will be migrated to new file formats where necessary.
- It may not be possible to guarantee the readability of some unusual file formats.
- SOAS Research Online 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 be removed from public access at the request of the author/copyright holder, but this is not common practice. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
- Journal publishers' rules
- Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
- Legal requirements and proven violations
- National Security
- Falsified research
- Items removed from public access will continue to be retained in the underlying repository for legal compliance and audit reasons.
- Withdrawn items' URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories, with:
- a link to a replacement version, where available
- a note explaining the reasons for withdrawal
- Errata and corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required.
- If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
- The earlier version may be withdrawn from public view.
- The original URL will be linked to the latest version.
- In the event of SOAS Research Online being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.