USIR - University of Salford Institutional Repository

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The University of Salford Institutional Repository (USIR) is a store of all research outputs produced by University of Salford staff and postgraduate researchers. All staff and postgraduate researchers should place their research outputs in USIR. Many of the research outputs stored in USIR are freely available to download.

You can use the search function in USIR to search for research, or if you are a student or staff member at the University you can find research in USIR through Library Search.

Depositing research into USIR

Depositing research outputs into USIR is a quick and easy process. You can either input the information about your research output yourself, or, if your research output has already been published and you have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for it, you can save time by using this to import some information straight into USIR.

Please refer to the following guides to make your deposits:

How to get the most from USIR

What is the fastest / best way to deposit a research output into USIR?

If you have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for your research output you can use this to import much of the information about your output directly into USIR from publishers’ records. This will also mean that the record in USIR matches the official published version.

You can normally find a DOI on the publisher’s webpage for the research output close to other identifying information (e.g. issue and page numbers or publication dates).

Although it is possible to deposit to USIR from anywhere, depending on the speed of external internet connections, you may find that USIR deposits run fastest from on campus.

Which version of my paper should I deposit in USIR?

You should deposit the version final version that you submit to the journal / conference before it is formally accepted – this is also known as the author’s accepted manuscript, AAM, post-print or accepted version.

Why do you want the author's accepted manuscript to be deposited rather than the published version / version of scholarly record

The University of Salford and HEFCE policies both specify the author's accepted manuscript. This is because many publishers have specific restrictions preventing authors from making the version of scholarly record open access which do not apply to the author's accepted manuscript.

The author's accepted manuscript is recognised under copyright law as the property of the author unless this copyright is transferred to someone else. The published version (version of scholarly record) is a mixture of the author's copyright (in the words and data) and the publisher’s copyright (in the typesetting and formatting).

I don’t have a copy of the author’s accepted manuscript as my co-author made the final changes, what should I do?

It is very important that the correct version is deposited. You should contact your co-author and ask for a copy of the author’s accepted manuscript so that you can deposit it in USIR.

My co-author has deposited the author’s accepted manuscript in another repository, do I still need to deposit in USIR?

Yes. USIR is the official record of the research output of the University of Salford and it is important that all of your publications are deposited. If you are considering submitting the output to the REF, the University will need to be able to authenticate from its own systems when the output met the key requirements (i.e. deposited, discoverable, accessible) of the HEFCE Policy. We will only be to do this for a stored in version in USIR.

I have deposited the author’s accepted manuscript in another repository (subject repository or a repository specified by the res

Yes. USIR is the official record of the research output of the University of Salford and it is important that all of your publications are deposited. If you are considering submitting the output to the REF, the University will need to be able to authenticate from its own systems when the output met the key requirements (i.e. deposited, discoverable, accessible) of the HEFCE Policy. We will only be to do this for a stored in version in USIR.

I have deposited the author’s accepted manuscript in another repository (subject repository or a repository specified by the res

Yes. USIR is the official record of the research output of the University of Salford and it is important that all of your publications are deposited. If you are considering submitting the output to the REF, the University will need to be able to authenticate from its own systems when the output met the key requirements (i.e. deposited, discoverable, accessible) of the HEFCE Policy. We will only be to do this for a stored in version in USIR.

Can I deposit papers that are not open access in USIR?

Yes. USIR is the official record of the research output of the University of Salford and it is important that all of your publications are deposited.

Once you deposit your research output into USIR, we will only make it open access through USIR if the publisher’s terms and conditions allow us to. If you believe that there are other reasons to keep your research output from becoming open access, please contact the Library Open Access Team to discuss this.

What else can I deposit in USIR, other than journal papers and conference proceedings?

USIR supports a wide range of file formats and research output types. These can be seen once you start the deposit process.

I have older research outputs (pre 2014) - do I need to deposit these in USIR?

You are not required under the University of Salford Open Access Policy to add older research outputs to USIR, although we recommend that you do. USIR is the official record of the research output of the University of Salford, and depositing your research outputs will make sure that your work is included in this.

If you have recently joined the University and want to add your previous publications to USIR, we may be able to undertake some of this work on your behalf – please contact the Library Open Access Team for more information.