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One of the goals in "DMMHs strategi i perioden 2013 - 2020" is to make most of the scientific results available in an open institutional archive. This is made possible through a collaboration with the open archive BIBSYS Brage.

Table of contents

  1. Research should be freely available
  2. Self-archiving makes research freely available
    1. A small dictionary
  3. How can research be archived in BIBSYS Brage?
  4. Intellectual property rights and responsibilities

Research should be freely available

Making research Open access gives you some advantages over traditional publication. The web site openaccess.no points out that, among other benefits, Open access publishing contributes to increased citations and a broader audience for your article. Many more users get immediate and free access to relevant research, which in turn contributes to the research community at QMUC.

The government has set a target that, "all publicly funded Norwegian research articles [should be made] openly available by 2024."

Results from research projects financed by The Research Council of Norway must be made freely available even today: "The Research Council requires all scientific articles resulting from research wholly or partially funded by the Research Council to be openly accessible. All articles with such funding must be self-archived."

The same requirements also apply to projects funded by the EU. Results from such projects must either be published in an Open access journal or deposited into an open institutional archive.

Self-archiving makes research freely available

The collaboration with BIBSYS Brage facilitates meeting these demands, since the research results are made freely available to all.

In Open access terminology, self-archiving is green Open access, and considered to be an alternative to "regular" gold Open access. The scientific article may be published in a traditional journal, provided that a copy is deposited into an open archive. Researchers still have the freedom to choose where to publish their research, but must ensure that it is also archived in BIBSYS Brage.

A small dictionary

The document that was sent to the journal/publisher, before any peer-review.
Postprint / accepted version
The document that was sent to the journal/publisher and that has been subject to peer-review.
Published version
The final document as it appears in the published journal.
A grace period for the journal/publisher in which the article must not be made freely available in any archive. During this time, only the publisher has the right to distribute the article. An embargo may stretch to as long as 36 months before the article can be made freely available.

How can research be archived in BIBSYS Brage?

The library facilitates depositing articles into Brage.

In general, researchers can archive so-called accepted or postprint versions of their articles (i.e., the version that as been the subject of peer-review, but not layout and editorial work by the journal,) and researchers are therefore asked to deposit this particular version into the archive. Nevertheless, there are always exceptions, and the library has in every case the responsibility of verifying that the material may be made freely available, or else ensure that access is restricted.

After your research has been published you may locate it in Cristin. Upload a copy of the accepted version. This will deposit the article into the archive, but the material will not be available before verification by the library is done.

Intellectual property rights and responsibilities

The authors of the content keep the copyright as agreed with their publishers and journals.

Any content that is deposited into BIBSYS Brage should have a formal license that defines how a third-party may use it. Such licenses can, e.g., give a right to freely use (or re-use) the content, except for commercial profit, and never without crediting the authors. These licenses are usually set by the publisher, but this depends on the journal in question or any individual agreements between the author and the journal.

Researchers at QMUC are recommended to choose Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0) when deciding on opening access to their research and depositing their content into the archive. This license upholds ideal intellectual property rights for the authors, but grants free access to everyone as long as the author is credited.

The library is responsible for operating and maintaining the institutional archive, registering metadata and publishing the content on the internet.

The authors are responsible for the content.