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Technical standards for journals, publishing platforms and repositories

Published

25 October 2021

Version

2021

Contents

This page describes the technical standards expected for articles in scope of the NIHR open access policy applicable to articles submitted on or after 1 June 2022. Key terms are explained in the glossary.

Technical standards for journals and publishing platforms

Persistent Identifiers (PIDs)

  • Persistent Identifiers for articles are implemented according to international recognised standards such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOI), Uniform Resource Name (URN), or Handle.
  • NIHR strongly encourages journals to support common unique PIDs for research management information (for example identifiers for funders and/or organisations).
  • ORCID, the researcher identifier, is supported to identify all authors and contributors.

Metadata

Preservation

  • Long-term preservation is supported via a robust preservation programme such as CLOCKSSPortico or an equivalent.

Citations

Open Access policies

Technical standards for repositories

The bullet points below list the technical standards expected for repositories in which in scope articles are deposited. Note that Europe PMC already meets these standards.

Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) for research outputs

  • Implemented according to international recognised standards, such as DOI, URN or Handle.
  • NIHR strongly encourages repositories to support common unique PIDs for research management information (for example identifiers for funders and /or organisations).
  • ORCID, the researcher identifier, supported to identify all authors and contributors.

Metadata

  • Article-level metadata is available, if possible, via a CC0 public domain dedication.
  • Article-level metadata includes the persistent identifier to both the Author’s Accepted Manuscript and the Version of Record.
  • The metadata standard adheres to international best practice such as the OpenAIRE guidelines.
  • Machine-readable information on the open access status and the licence embedded in the metadata in a standard non-proprietary format

Open Access policies