Open Access

OA Publishing

DSpace will be retired in April 2022 – figshare is the new repository for Cardiff Met.

Library Services supports all research activity at Cardiff Met and facilitates open access to the University's research output via DSpace - our institutional repository. You can access DSpace via a computer, tablet or smartphone. Contact us with any questions or feedback about DSpace at dspace@cardiffmet.ac.uk

We make available journal articles, reports, conference papers and PhD Theses but not student dissertations at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.

You can now add your research to DSpace even more quickly via our new service DSpace Dropoff - this interface will allowyou to share your research without having to fill out multiple fields or login to DSpace itself. Just upload your research and we'll take care of the rest for you!

Please upload the post-print/accepted manuscript version of your research (if applicable) to the Dropoff - this is the version that has been peer reviewed but no publisher typesetting has been added. Uploading this version is especially important for the OA requirements of REF 2021 but it also aids the sharing of your research in a frictionless way.

The open access requirements for REF 2021 essentially boils down to this:

In order for an output to be eligible for REF 2021 it must be deposited (in DSpace) as soon after the point of acceptance as possible, and no later than three months after this data.

The policy covers all journal articles and papers in conference proceedings with a ISBN. The policy does not include needing to make book chapters open access.

If you need any questions answered about open access then please contact researchlib@cardiffmet.ac.uk - we can offer advice, workshops or training and help you make your research fully open.

DSpace Takedown Policy

If you are a rights owner and are concerned that you have found material, for which you are the rights owner, in our repository and you have not given permission, please contact us at dspace@cardiffmet.ac.uk stating the following:

- Your contact details

- The full details of the material

- A statement that, under penalty of perjury, you are the rights owner or are authorised to act for the rights owner.

The 'Notice and Takedown' procedure is then invoked as follows:

Cardiff Metropolitan University Library Staff will acknowledge receipt of your complaint by email or letter and will make an initial assessment of the validity and plausibility of the complaint.

If the initial assessment suggests there is a prima facia case, the material will be temporarily removed from the Cardiff Metropolitan University Repository pending an agreed solution

Cardiff Metropolitan University Library Staff will contact the contributor who deposited the material. The contributor will be notified that the material is subject to a complaint, under what allegations, and will be encouraged to assuage the complaints concerned.

The complainant and the contributor will be encouraged to resolve the issue swiftly and amicably and to the satisfaction of both parties, with the following possible outcomes:

- The material is replaced in the Cardiff Metropolitan University Repository unchanged.

- The material is replaced in the Cardiff Metropolitan University Repository with changes.

- The material is permanently removed from the Cardiff Metropolitan University Repository.

If the contributor and the complainant are unable to agree a solution, the material will remain unavailable through the Cardiff Metropolitan University Repository until a time when a resolution has been reached.