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. Copies of full items generally can be:
(a) reproduced, displayed or performed, given to third parties, and stored in a database in any format or medium
(b) for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
(a) the authors, title and full bibliographic details are given
(b) a hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page
(c) the content is not changed in any way
3. Full items must not be harvested by robots except transiently for full-text indexing or citation analysis
4. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.
5. Some full items are individually tagged with different rights permissions and conditions.
6. This repository is not the publisher; it is merely the online archive.
7. Mention of ERIC is appreciated but not mandatory.

Content Policy for types of document & data set held
1. This is an institutional or departmental repository.
2. ERIC holds all types of materials.
3. Papers may include:
(a) unpublished pre-prints (not peer-reviewed)
(b) final peer-reviewed drafts (post-prints)
(c) published versions
4. Papers are individually tagged with their peer-review and publication status.
5. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy concerning depositors, quality & copyright
1. Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the institution, or their delegated agents.
2. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
3. The administrator only vets items for the eligibility of authors/depositors, relevance to the scope of ERIC, valid layout & format, and the exclusion of spam
4. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
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. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
7. If ERIC receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.

Preservation Policy
1. Items will be retained indefinitely.
2. ERIC will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
(a) Items will be migrated to new file formats where necessary.
(b) Where possible, software emulations will be provided to access un-migrated formats.
3. ERIC is working with external partners to:
(a) convert or migrate file formats
(b) develop and implement software emulations for old file formats
(c) record preservation metadata
(d) backup items in external archives
4. ERIC regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
5. Items may not normally be removed from ERIC.
6. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
(a) Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
(b) Legal requirements and proven violations
(c) National Security
(d) Falsified research
7. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view.
8. Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely.
9. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.
10. Changes to deposited items are not permitted.
11. Errata and corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required.
12. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
13. In the event of ERIC being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.