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OPUS - Open ULeth Scholarship - is the University of Lethbridge's open access research repository. OPUS provides an open access environment for self-archiving and sharing materials related to research and teaching. It is a centralized, publicly accessible, digital collection that preserves and showcases the scholarly and creative output of University of Lethbridge faculty and students.
Material belongs in OPUS if it is the end product of your research, or the product of a completed portion of your research, and can be made openly accessible worldwide. Submissions must be in digital format. Submissions must be scholarly, research, or pedagogical materials. Typical materials include:
Although OPUS can store materials in most common file types, in general materials should be in a non-proprietary format appropriate for preservation, such as PDF, TXT, JPEG, or TIFF. The maximum file size is 2GB.
Materials authored, co-authored, or sponsored by at least one U of L faculty, post-doctoral, or graduate researcher are accepted. Materials submitted to OPUS should have a close affiliation with the U of L's research or teaching programs. Undergraduate honours theses will be included upon recommendation of the supervising faculty member.
If you are a U of L faculty member, post-doctoral fellow, or graduate student and would like to make your publications available through OPUS, please email the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most scholarly publishers allow self-archiving of a published article in OPUS (although often after an embargo period), but they rarely allow the publisher's PDF final version of the article to be archived. It is important to retain your final, post-peer-reviewed drafts for submission to OPUS.
You may check SHERPA/RoMEO to determine which publishers and journals allow archiving in a repository, which version they allow, and their embargo periods.
The Library will strive to ensure materials archived in OPUS can be self-archived in research repositories in compliance with licensing requirements and copyright law. The majority of publishers support the right of academic authors to self-archive their own work, although applicable terms and conditions often disallow using the final formatted version and sometimes impose an embargo period. However, some publishers prohibit authors from using their work in this way as a condition of the copyright transfer agreement.
The Library is responsible for maintaining the technical and administrative infrastructure of OPUS, which is run on DSpace software. OPUS is part of a larger global system of institutional repositories. The Library ensures that best practices and technical standards for metadata, archiving, and preserving materials in the collection are followed. Items in OPUS will be retained indefinitely.
The removal of an item from OPUS is generally discouraged, unless there is an issue with copyright, licensing, or plagiarism, or a take-down notice requires its removal. Items will be removed if the Library ascertains that there is illegal activity associated with them, or if there are copyright or licensing restrictions. In the case of Open Educational Resources, all versions will be maintained in order to avoid broken links.