Digital repositories have great potential for value-added services and offer a range of benefits to researchers, institutions and the global research community. Open Access repositories offer additional advantages by taking the results of research that has already been paid for and making it freely available online. By adding your material and encouraging fellow researchers to do likewise, you are encouraging the development of large Open Access repositories of research output which will be of use to colleagues worldwide. This process can have significant advantages for individual authors, researchers, institutions and for the process of research generally, by allowing improved management of intellectual output and facilitating the dissemination process.
It is worth noting that more and more funders and institutions require researchers to make their published material openly and freely available.
a- Benefits to faculty:
b- Benefits to students:
c- Benefits to LAU
d- Benefits for the global community (open):
Some repositories are limited to full text material. Others are not so restricted and may contain the abstracts of material. While full text is preferred, the deposit of an abstract is also useful when copyright has been assigned to a publisher who will not permit the author to self-archive.
In this case:
(a) Post to the repository the bibliographic details of any work so that it may be cataloged, notwithstanding that the full text is not available; or
(b) Post both the bibliographic details of any work and a short abstract.
The permission granted by each LAU faculty member is a nonexclusive, irrevocable, non-commercial, paid-up and worldwide license. LAU is permitted to exercise any and all rights under United States copyright law related to the scholarly work designated above provided that (a) the work is neither sold for a profit nor used for any commercial purposes and (b) the faculty member has not formally designated that a specific scholarly work is not to be so disseminated. The permission also allows LAU to authorize others to do the same.
This form only needs to be signed the first time faculty submit an item to the repository as it will cover all subsequent submitted work.
Graduate students must provide the University Archives & Special Collections department with their theses for verification and correction three weeks prior to the submission of their final grades. Once approved, students are kindly asked to deposit one print copy of their final master’s theses in the said department along with a digital copy identical in every way to the printed one.
A work written by multiple authors can be deposited in the repository provided that:
b- Handling embargoes
Some of the items submitted to the repository may be subject to an embargo which states that the given material may not be publicly distributed for a certain period of time. In the case of published items, embargoes may be put in place by the publisher to protect their commercial interest.
You can specify the date on which your material will first be made publicly available in the repository. The Open Access Policy, however, requires that you provide your material to the repository no later than the date of publication.
The repository will only request the author’s post-print if it has been established that the publisher does not allow the published version to be archived in the repository.
You should not submit for distribution a copy of the published version — such as a publisher-generated PDF of the article as published — unless the publishing agreement affirmatively allows you to do so. If the publisher has made changes to the text or graphics of the article, or if the publisher’s logo is included, the publisher may have rights of its own to that version.
Otherwise, it is advisable to obtain a waiver for the article. Depending on the terms of your publishing agreement, you still may be able to post the preprint (author’s draft) if you wish.
a- Pre-print or author’s draft: The version of the paper initially submitted to a journal publisher for consideration, or any earlier draft.
b-Post-print or author’s final version: The version of the paper accepted by the journal for publication, including all modifications stemming from the publishing peer review process. It may be similar to the published version in content, but it will differ in appearance to the published version. For example, it may not have the publisher’s/journal’s logos or formatting choices. It may be in either Word or PDF format. The LAUR will clearly state that the PDF attached is the post-print; however, all information (including the citation) will refer to the published version, and where possible a link to the published version will be supplied.
c-Published Version: The version of the paper distributed by the publisher to readers of the journal, incorporating any copyediting done by the publisher, showing the final page layout and formatting of the published version, and possibly including the publisher’s logo.
d-Depending on the publishers’ policies, versions will be included in the following order of priority:
Authors generally assign their copyright to publishers when they negotiate contracts. Your right to self-archive in an Open Access repository may be outlined in: