Open Access

The repository holds bibliographic records of National Museums Scotland’s published research output including peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters. Where publishers permit, full-text versions of this material is included with the record.

There is no common arrangement in place for open access permissions and every publisher will have their own policy. The Library can assist in determining whether full-text versions can be posted on the repository and any restrictions that may apply such as the version that can be used, embargo periods or costs (often referred to as article processing charges). You may also find information on self-archiving in your contract with the publishers and at the Sherpa Romeo website.

Although some publishers do allow the deposit of an author’s approved copy (i.e. following peer review but without the publisher’s formatting), the repository concentrates on archiving the published version where possible.

Re-use of material

The default licence for full-text articles/book sections held in the repository is a restrictive Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-NC-ND (i.e. material can be shared with others as long as the source is credited, but it cannot be changed in any way or re-used for commercial purposes). Please note that funders may require a more open licence to be applied such as CC-BY (which only requests that attribution of the original is made).

How to Deposit

Details of research publications are normally provided in a quarterly list to the Trustees, which are added to the repository by the library staff. Individual authors may then be contacted for further details; for an abstract if it is not readily available; or for a full-text version if permitted. Individual authors can also contact if they wish to deposit publications or request amendments to records.