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About the Repository

RCA Research Repository is designed to support the collection, archive and publication of RCA research practice, processes and outputs.

RCA Research Repository guidance and help is available to staff and students HERE, and see repository Copyright Guidelines.

The repository is an open access academic resource, to which anyone at RCA and the public has access, and to which all research staff are able to manage and publish their research, work-in-progress, bibliographic records and data to the Internet. It also contains all completed PhD theses.

The repository platform is based on the open source, open standards EPrints digital repository and MEPrints extensions - developed by EPrints Services, University of Southampton, with visualisation extensions devised by Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) KULTUR. RCA IT Services has further adapted EPrints platform, design and interfaces for use by RCA researchers and staff.

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Contact Information

Any correspondence concerning this repository should be sent to repository@rca.ac.uk.



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.
  3. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.

Content Policy

for types of document & data set held
  1. This is an institutional repository.
  2. The repository holds all types of materials.
  3. Items are individually tagged with:
    1. their peer-review status.
    2. their publication status.
  4. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy

concerning depositors, quality & copyright
    Detailed information for depositors - with 'Take Down' policy and usage agreements available HERE
  1. Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the organisation, or their delegated agents.
  2. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
  3. The administrator only vets items for the exclusion of spam
  4. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  5. Items may not be deposited until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired.
  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.
  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. Removal of test data
  6. Withdrawn items may not be fully deleted per se, but only 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 unless authorised by RCA Research Office.
  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.
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