Metadata policy

  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:
    1. the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record are given
    2. the repository is mentioned and should be cited as: NERC Open Research Archive (NORA). Available:
  3. The metadata must not be re-used in any medium for commercial purposes without formal permission.

Access/use policy

  1. Access to some full text items are controlled
  2. Single copies of full text items can be:
    1. reproduced, given to third parties and stored in a database in any format or medium.
    2. For personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge, provided:
      1. the author/s, title and full bibliographic details are given
      2. a hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page
      3. the original copyright statement is given
      4. the content is not changed in any way
  3. Full text items must not be harvested by robots except transiently for full-text indexing or citation analysis
  4. Full text items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holder
  5. Some full text items are individually tagged with different rights permissions and conditions
  6. This repository is not the publisher, it is the online archive
  7. Mention of the repository is required and should be cited as: NERC Open Access Research Archive (NORA) Available:

Content policy

  1. This is a multi-centre NERC repository
  2. Subject specialities : atmospheric science, earth science, earth observation, environmental maths and statistics, marine, polar, science based archaeology, technology and e-science, terrestrial and freshwater science
  3. The repository is primarily intended to hold any published peer-reviewed papers, supported in whole or in part by NERC-funding. Other items may also be deposited as determined by individual Centres.
  4. Deposited papers should be the final peer reviewed manuscript (post-print) but may also include (a) unpublished pre-prints (not peer-reviewed), (b) published versions, where permitted. All items are individually tagged with their peer-review and publication status.
  5. Metadata language: English

Submission policy

  1. The aim of the NERC Open Research Repository is to maximise the visibility, usage and impact through global access, of the research funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.
  2. To provide a permanent record of NERC funded research.
  3. Items may only be deposited with the authority of the Natural Environment Research Council
  4. Full text of all peer reviewed publications resulting from NERC funded research must be deposited at the earliest opportunity, usually at the final peer reviewed acceptance stage. Depositors should enter metadata and upload the full text but may delay making the full text publicly visible to comply with any publishers' embargo. Deposit of full text of other publication types is recommended but not mandatory.
  5. Full text should be deposited in pdf format. The native format may also be deposited (available to Repository staff only) but normally should be preserved in the NERC ERMS (Electronic Records Management System) with a link to the NORA record URL.
  6. All deposits will be assessed by the NORA Editorial Team to ensure that they are within the scope of the repository. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions lies with the author/s and is not checked

Ref: UKRI policy on access to research outputs, NERC Licence to Publish

Item Removal

  1. Items may be removed at the request of the author/copyright holder, but this is strongly discouraged.
  2. If the repository receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed from public view.
  3. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view and the item's' identifiers/URLs retained indefinitely.
  4. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories, with:
    1. a link to a replacement version, where available
    2. a note explaining the reasons for withdrawal
  5. The metadata of withdrawn items will not be publicly searchable

Preservation policy

  1. It is the intention of NERC Open Research Repository to retain items indefinitely.
  2. The repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility although it may not be possible to guarantee this.
  3. The NERC will work with external partners nationally to develop preservation metadata and systems for the conversion/migration of file formats
  4. The repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice
  5. The original bit stream will be retained for all items, in addition to any upgraded formats
  6. Changes to deposited full text items are not permitted, Corrections to metadata are permitted in consultation with the NORA Editorial Team
  7. Errata and Corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required
  8. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
    1. The earlier version may be withdrawn from public view
    2. The original URL will be linked to the latest version
  9. Items are allocated a checksum to facilitate the detection of alterations.

In the event of the repository being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.