• About the Repository

About the Repository

The RCA Research Repository is designed to support the collection, archive and publication of RCA research practice, processes and outputs. Making the material available through the RCA’s Research Repository supports the Royal College of Art’s objective to advance learning, knowledge and professional competence in the fields of fine arts and design.

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 the 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.

Terms of Use

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 and is made available under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/.

Data Policy

for full-text and other full data items
  1. Anyone may access full items free of charge.
  2. Full items are made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ unless otherwise stated.
  3. Full items published with support from UK Innovation and Research are made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC-BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
  4. Some material within the full items is made available with an “all rights reserved” statement. Such material can not be reused without separate permission from the rights holder unless such use can be justified under an exception to copyright.
  5. It is the responsibility of the user to comply with the rights permissions and conditions attached to the full items or material within the full items, including where it is stated that full items are made available under more restrictive rights permissions and conditions.
  6. All items can be reproduced where the use can be justified under the exceptions to copyright outlined within the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised, including for private study or research for non-commercial purposes.

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. Output files that require an embargo to be set by a publisher, can be deposited on the repository but only if the correct embargo period and visibility restrictions are set on the file. The output file will only become available on the repository once the required embargo period has expired.
  6. Any copyright infringement are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
  7. If the repository receives proof of copyright infringement, 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 infringement or plagiarism
    2. Legal requirements and proven infringment
    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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