PhilSci Archive

Metadata Policies

Metadata Policy

for information describing items in the archive
  1. Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
  2. The metadata may be reused in any medium without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes provided the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record is given.
  3. The metadata must not be reused in any medium for commercial purposes without formal permission.

Data Policy

for full-text and other full data items
  1. Anyone may access full items free of charge.
  2. Single copies of full items can be:
    • reproduced and displayed or performed in any format or medium
    • for personal research or study, for educational, or for not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge.
  3. Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.
  4. Mention of the archive is appreciated but not mandatory.

Content Policy

for types of document & data set held
  1. This is a multi-institution subject-based archive.
  2. Subject Specialities: Philosophy of Science
  3. The archive is restricted to:
    • Journal articles
    • Conference and workshop papers
    • Books, chapters and sections
    • Other special item types
  4. Deposited items may include:
    • working drafts
    • submitted versions (as sent to journals for peer review)
    • accepted versions (author's final peer-reviewed drafts)
  5. Principal Languages: English

Submission Policy

concerning depositors, quality & copyright
  1. Items may only be deposited by the subject community or their delegated agents.
  2. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
  3. The archive restricts submissions to preprints in philosophy of science in accordance with the Archive Policy at
  4. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions are the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  5. No embargo policy defined.
  6. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
  7. If the archive receives proof of copyright violation, the relevant item will be removed immediately.

Preservation Policy

  1. Items will be retained indefinitely.
  2. The archive will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility.
  3. The archive regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
  4. Items may be removed at the request of the author/copyright holder, but this is strongly discouraged.
  5. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    • Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    • Legal requirements and proven violations
    • Falsified research
    • Author's request
  6. Withdrawn items are not deleted per se but are removed from public view.
  7. Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely.
  8. URLs will continue to point to 'tombstone' citations, to avoid broken links and to retain item histories, with:
    • a link to a replacement version, where available
    • a note explaining the reasons for withdrawal
  9. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.
  10. No closure policy defined.