All members of staff and postgraduate students should place their research outputs in USIR. It’s easy to use and USIR staff can help you with any questions you may have about the deposit process and the copyright of your research.
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Electronic versions, of the following types of research material can be deposited in USIR:
Research material can be submitted to USIR via the following two options:
a. Self Deposit: Material can be uploaded to USIR using the Make a Deposit section of USIR. Once you’ve completed as much information as you can the form is sent to the USIR team who carry out copyright and quality control checks and make your publication live in USIR. This option is aimed at new and current publications and research output, where authors will benefit from the increased visibility and dissemination of their work via USIR. Please see the Depositing Research Material User Guide for further information; should you require any assistance please contact the USIR team
b. USIR Deposit Service: The USIR team uploads research to USIR on your behalf. This service is aimed at uploading backlists of University of Salford publications to USIR. Authors choosing to submit backlists of their publications to USIR are asked to provide a bibliographical listing (including citation, authors, year) of their papers together with the full text documents. Publications on this list will then be checked for publisher permission and copyright. For further information on this service please contact the USIR team.
Please consult our user guides for further guidance on how to deposit your work in USIR:
It is important to deposit the version that complies with publisher copyright policies; upload the most recent version you have and the USIR team will check the copyright and version for you.
The Deposit Agreement is designed to give USIR administrators permission to store, copy and manipulate material in order to ensure that it can be preserved and made available in the future and to confirm that the depositor has the right to submit the material to USIR. The Agreement is non-exclusive, and the depositor does not give away any of their rights to USIR.
Contact the USIR team if you would like any further guidance on any aspect of depositing.
Many publishers now allow authors to deposit their papers in online repositories such as USIR, others may be willing to give permission. USIR Project Staff will check the copyright agreements relating to any material you would like to add to USIR, before making it available publicly.
When depositing with USIR, you retain all intellectual property rights over any work you deposit. By agreeing to the USIR Deposit Agreement you give USIR permission to keep your work in a current format and to freely distribute electronic copies of it - nothing else.
Please contact the USIR team for more advice and guidance on copyright issues.
The majority of publishers permit authors to deposit some form of their publication in Open Access repositories such as USIR. Our advice is simply to upload the most recent version you have and the team will check the Open Access policy of the publisher for you before any items are made live.
Journal publishers often invite authors to sign a standard copyright assignment form, which assigns a complete transfer of copyright to the publisher. Publishers do not need a complete transfer of copyright in order to publish your work; they only need a non-exclusive license to do so.
A number of publishers are now starting to offer alternative licence forms using which authors can grant the publisher a licence to publish their work. As such, when submitting an article for publication you can ask the publisher to provide you with an alternative licence form.
If the publisher does not have an alternative licence form, contact the USIR team who can advise on how you can amend the Copyright Transfer Agreement supplied by the publisher. By amending the publisher copyright form you will assign the publisher a licence to publish your work, while retaining rights for your own use.
In many respects such agreements are no different. However, they may give authors a number of rights which were not permitted under previous copyright transfer agreements.
Use the Sherpa Romeo database to check the copyright and Open Access policies of publishers and individual journals.
The 'Accepted Version' of your research is the author-created version that incorporates referee comments and is the accepted for publication version.
The USIR team can offer advice on which version you need to upload.
The RCUK have announced a new Open Access policy, which will apply to all publications being submitted for publication from 1 April 2013, it states that peer reviewed research papers which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the Research Councils:
The policies are a condition of grant, and it is important that you are fully informed about the policy of your Research Funder before submitting manuscripts to any publishers.
RCUK have produced a list of frequently asked questions.
To apply for funding to make your work Open Access please complete the Online Form.
Funding is also now available for peer reviewed research not funded by the RCUK.
For more information on how to comply with the new policies please contact the USIR team at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 56370.
If you wish pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to make your article or conference paper available Open Access you should indicate this to your publisher at the earliest opportunity.
Funding is available to make all peer reviewed journals and published conference proceedings publications Open Access. Use the APC application form if you wish to apply to the Open Access fund to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC).
Please note that page and colour plate and other publication charges are not covered by this fund.
For further advice about claiming Open Access fees please contact: email@example.com
Where your research has been funded by the RCUK apply to the Open Access fund to cover open access article processing charges (APCs) for any peer reviewed journal or conference paper.
The RCUK Decision tree illustrates how you can make your work Open Access.
RCUK recognises a journal as being compliant with this policy if:
The journal provides immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper, which should be made available using the CC BY licence and allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re-use. This method, sometimes referred to as 'Gold Open Access' will usually involve the payment of an ‘Article Processing Charge’ (APC) to the publisher.
The journal allows you to deposit the final Accepted Manuscript in an Open Access repository such as USIR, without restriction on non-commercial re-use and within a defined period. No APC will be payable to the publisher under this Green Open Access route.
In this latter case, in STEM disciplines, RCUK will accept a delay of no more than six months between on-line publication and the final Accepted Manuscript becoming Open Access. In the case of papers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the maximum embargo period will be twelve months. Where funding for APCs is unavailable to an author during the transition period, longer embargo periods will be allowable.
A list of compliant journals can be found from the SHERPA/FACT website or seek advice from the USIR team.