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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.

The University of Kent Open Access Policy states a preference for Green Open Access via deposit in KAR (or a subject specific repository).

Why deposit your research in KAR?

For researchers

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
  • 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

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.

Getting started

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Support and training

Drop-in and introductory training sessions about KAR are available.

Find full information and workshop dates on the University calendar.

Your staff profile

A 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.


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Last Updated: 22/09/2014