ePrints Soton is the University's Institutional Research Repository. It contains journal articles, books, PhD theses, conference papers, data, reports, working papers, art exhibitions and more. The University has a policy that all research is recorded in our institutional repository, and that Accepted Manuscripts are uploaded and made available where possible. ePrints Soton promotes research by making it available worldwide.
Records of research outputs are created in PURE and automatically pushed through to ePrints Soton once they have been through the validation process. PURE is the University's CRIS (Current Research Information System).
When creating a Pure record for a research output that resulted from UKRI or Wellcome Trust funding, please ensure that the Author Accepted Manuscript file includes the Acknowledgement section showing you have applied Rights Retention Strategy (RRS) or Prior Assignment of Rights wording. This is how the institutional repository team will identify your paper as being in scope for the respective funder policy and can therefore ensure the correct settings are applied.
Please apply a CC BY licence to your Author Accepted Manuscript and add; "Funded by UKRI" or "Funded by Wellcome Trust" or your Rights Retention statement text to the ‘Bibliographic notes’ field.
For further details about the Rights Retention Strategy please see library.soton.ac.uk/openaccess/RRS
Some journals have specific pre-publication requirements (press and publicity restrictions or embargoes, including social media) such as the Nature journals, which may also extend to the bibliographic details of your paper. If you follow the procedure below you will be meeting your open access obligations for funders (including the REF) and abiding by the publishers rules.
This is what authors need to do, or if someone uploads to Pure on your behalf what you (the author) must make them aware of:
Please note, the only date the ePrints team will set embargoes for is the epub date. This is the date when the article is made available on the journal website and enters the public domain.
Please note: during June/July 2023 we are reviewing the Library Core Service Offer to ensure it is clear and up to date. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
If you have any queries about depositing into Pure, please email email@example.com
Also see the following guides:
For guidance on how to select outputs for the REF Benchmarking exercise, please see the REF Benchmarking guide for Researchers on the Pure Sharepoint site.
For information about why publications may not be showing on your profile page, checking if a record has been validated in Pure and searching by co-author in Pure please see the Pure & Research Output FAQs.