Repository Policies

Metadata Policy

for information describing items in the repository

  1. Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
  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. Anyone may access full items free of charge.
  2. reproduced, and displayed or performed in any format or medium.
  3. for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
  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 and data set held

  1. This is an institutional or school repository.
  2. WestminsterResearch holds all types of materials.
  3. Papers may include:
    • final peer-reviewed drafts (post-prints)
    • published versions
  4. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy

concerning depositors, quality & copyright

  1. Items may only be deposited by academic staff, and employees of the institution
  2. Eligible depositors must deposit metadata for all their publications.
  3. The administrator only vets items for the eligibility of authors/depositors, and valid layout & format
  4. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is not checked.
  5. Items can be deposited at any time, but will not be made publicly visible until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired.
  6. If WestminsterResearch receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.
  7. For more information see webpage: Open Access: WestminsterResearch

Preservation Policy

  1. No retention period defined.
  2. WestminsterResearch will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
  3. WestminsterResearch regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
  4. Items may be removed at the request of the author/copyright holder.
  5. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    • Journal publishers' rules
    • Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    • Legal requirements and proven violations
    • National Security
    • Falsified research
  6. No deletion method for withdrawn items defined.
  7. Errata and corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required.
  8. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
    • The earlier version may be withdrawn from public view.
  9. No closure policy defined.