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e-space: MMU's institutional repository

Introduction

e-space is an Open Access repository for MMU research, aiming to capture and preserve MMU's intellectual output, making it freely available on the Internet.

It contains both full-text and bibliographic records for pre-prints, post-prints, book chapters, working papers, conference presentations and research theses.

Access e-space at:

http://www.e-space.mmu.ac.uk/e-space/

Open Access

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) enables free, online access to research by anyone, anywhere, via the Internet through either subject-based or institutional repositories (like e-space).

Benefits of OA and e-space

  • Increases exposure of MMU research.
  • Disseminates research to a local and global audience.
  • Increases readership and citation levels.
  • Raises the profile of both the University and the individual.
  • Is instantly identifiable as being related to MMU.
  • Adds to the global process of scholarly communication and complements existing channels of scholarly communication.
  • Accommodates a wide variety of file formats.
  • Preserves research in the long term.
  • Serves as a means of reporting, recording and auditing intellectual output.

Getting your research into e-space

Identify the research you wish to see in e-space: the aim of e-space is to represent all of the research activities of MMU.

Keep an electronic copy of a Word version of your final draft, post peer-review.

Send this to e-space@mmu.ac.uk and the e-space team will deposit the work for you (subject to copyright, see below).

Please include the following information -

  • Author(s).
  • Title of article/book chapter etc.
  • Journal.
  • Year, volume and issue.
  • Page numbers, if known.
  • Publisher.
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier), if available.
  • Collection(s) in e-space into which you would like your research to be deposited.

Copyright

Copyright for journal articles

We use the SHERPA/RoMEO database, http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ , which lists publisher copyright policies for most of the major academic publishers and several society publishers. Most publishers allow the archiving of research in repositories such as e-space. Terms and conditions vary from publisher to publisher and many will only allow the author's final draft, post peer review version rather than the formatted, published version. For publishers not listed by the SHERPA/RoMEO database, e-space staff will contact the publishers.

If it is not possible to include full-text within e-space, we'll create a bibliographic (metadata)record and include links to the article, and/or the publisher or journal homepage, and will make use of an article's DOI if available.

Copyright for book chapters

There is no list of publishers' copyright policies for the deposit of book chapters in e-space. This depends on the individual copyright transfer agreements between the author and publisher. In general, publishers do not allow us to make available the full text of book chapters. In these cases we will create a bibliographic (metadata) record for the item and where possible provide a link to the book details on the publisher's website. If you have a copy of your copyright transfer agreement, the library will check this to determine if it's possible to add full text to e-space.

Using e-space

Keeping up to date

Use the RSS feeds or register with e-space:

http://www.e-space.mmu.ac.uk/e-space/register

... to subscribe to a collection/s and receive e-mail alerts when new items are added.

Finding research

Research is arranged by communities and collections to reflect the structure of MMU itself.

To search by keyword enter the search term into the box at the top left of the screen or select the Advanced search link for further search options.

You can also browse collections, eg by title, author, date issued, subject or type.

Further help and information

Further help and information is available on the Library website:

Information about e-space:
http://www.library.mmu.ac.uk/keyinfo/espace/
Guide for researchers:
http://www.library.mmu.ac.uk/help/userguides/research.php
Electronic subject resources: R: repositories:
http://www.library.mmu.ac.uk/eresource/preprint.php

Or contact the e-space team at e-space@mmu.ac.uk

HS July 2009