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Kent Academic Repository
The Kent Academic Repository (KAR) is the University of Kent's institutional repository, an Open Access database showcasing the research outputs of its researchers.
The purpose of KAR is to ensure that Kent researchers, academic schools and the University gain the national and international recognition they deserve.
Why deposit your research in KAR?
- Greater visibility of your research outputs, leading to more downloads and citations
- May ensure compliance with funder requirements (Research Councils UK (RCUK), Wellcome Trust and Horizon 2020) - subject to embargo
- May ensure compliance with the HEFCE proposal for journal articles and conference proceedings for REF submissions post-2014 - subject to embargo
- Details of all your outputs can be pulled into your staff profile page on your academic school website: as an example, see Professor Sally Sheldon's page on the Kent Law School website
- Provides long-term storage and preservation of all deposited documents
- Creation of stable URLs, making it easier for you to direct others to your work
For academic schools
- A showcase for the school's overall research outputs
- Potential to attract collaborators and research students
- Improved gathering of research outputs to ensure the optimal REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission in 2014
How does it work?
University of Kent staff, researchers and research postgraduates are encouraged to maintain the list of their research outputs in KAR by depositing item details and abstracts, and uploading full-text where copyright clearance applies.
How can I ensure I have copyright clearance?
KAR allows researchers to deposit full-text versions of their publications, thus making their work available to a worldwide audience. There are, however, copyright implications to consider when depositing full-text versions of publications to KAR. When depositing full-text versions of publication to KAR users agree to the following:
By uploading a file I declare that this upload can be lawfully published to the Kent Academic Repository and does not, to the best of my knowledge, infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any other person or party.
Depending on publisher permissions, a pre-print (ie pre-refereeing), a post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing), or a publisher's version of your publication may be eligible for inclusion on KAR.
To establish what can be deposited, please consider the following:
- for journal articles, search for the journal title at www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo
- for books or book chapters, see contracts agreed with publishers
- for conference papers or talks, performer’s rights make recordings or transcripts of talks eligible for inclusion on KAR. Slides used to support a presentation should, however, have copyrighted material removed.
- for funded research, consider whether your research funder mandates that your research outputs must be made available open access on an institutional repository such as KAR.
Note: if a funder mandate supersedes information held at SHERPA/RoMEO (or similar), please make this clear when depositing your record to KAR to ensure full-text upload is not removed by the repository staff.
If you need further advice on copyright, please contact the KAR repository staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Works that can be deposited include articles, books, book sections, technical or research reports, working papers and any digital objects that can be seen as a record of research carried out at the University. Read the KAR Content Policy (pdf)
Material in KAR conforms with the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. This ensures research output can be found via search engines like Google Scholar, leading to much higher visibility and increased citations.
- Go to http://kar.kent.ac.uk and log in with your University of Kent username and password
- Click the Help link within KAR
- Getting started with KAR guide (pdf)
- Training: getting started workshops offering hands-on training in uploading to KAR are available throughout the year - check the University calendar.
- Technical queries, requests for editor status, etc: email email@example.com
- Login and password problems: contact the Staff Helpdesk
Your staff profileA list of your publications within KAR can be pulled into your online staff profile: ask your School's web publisher to use the KAR list snippet.
What key players in the sector said about Open Access at an event in October 2013.