About SHURA

SHURA is an open access repository containing scholarly outputs and publications of researchers at Sheffield Hallam University. Open access research repositories aim to ensure that peer-reviewed scholarly outputs and publications are freely available a global audience without barriers to access such as subscription payments. The SHERPA (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access) web pages contain useful guidance and an explanation of the open archive agenda.

SHURA Policies

Metadata Policy

for information describing items in the repository
  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 the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record are given.
  3. The metadata must not be re-used in any medium for commercial purposes without formal permission.

Data Policy

for full-text and other full data items
  1. Anyone may access full items free of charge.
  2. Single copies of full items can be:
    1. reproduced, and displayed or performed in any format or medium
    2. for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
  3. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.

Content Policy

for types of document & data set held
  1. This is an institutional or departmental repository.
  2. The repository holds all types of materials.
  3. Items are individually tagged with:
    1. their peer-review status.
    2. their publication status.
  4. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy

concerning depositors, quality & copyright
  1. Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the organisation, or their delegated agents.
  2. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
  3. The administrator only vets items for the exclusion of spam
  4. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  5. Items may not be deposited until any publishers' or funders' embargo period has expired.
  6. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
  7. If the repository receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.

Preservation Policy

  1. Items will be retained indefinitely.
  2. The repository will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
  3. The repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
  4. Items may not normally be removed from the repository.
  5. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    1. Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    2. Legal requirements and proven violations
    3. National Security
    4. Falsified research
  6. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se, but are removed from public view.
  7. Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely.
  8. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.
  9. Changes to deposited items are not permitted.
  10. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
  11. In the event of the repository being closed down, the database will be transferred to another appropriate archive.

Takedown Policy

If we are notified of a potential breach of copyright, or receive a plausible complaint indicating a violation of publishers' rules or any law (including but not limited to laws on copyright, patent, trademark, confidentiality, data protection, obscenity, defamation or libel) the resource involved will be withdrawn as quickly as possible pending further investigation.

How to notify us

Please send an email to shura@shu.ac.uk with the message header SHURA Notice and Takedown, providing the following information:
  1. your contact details
  2. full details of the resource e.g. author, title, URL
  3. the nature of your concern
  4. if you are notifying us about a breach of your own copyright please state that you are the rights holder or are authorised to act on their behalf

The following procedure will be invoked

We will acknowledge receipt of your email. The resource will be temporarily removed pending investigation and we will notify you of the outcome of the investigation.