The Northampton Electronic Collection of Theses and Research (NECTAR) is the University of Northampton's open access institutional repository.
The purpose of NECTAR is to showcase and preserve the university's research output.
As it develops, NECTAR will contain the full range of university research output: from journal articles, book chapters and conference papers, to digital representations of performances and exhibitions. Research theses (PhD, DProfPrac, MPhil) will also feature in the collection.
Where possible, the repository will store the full versions of deposited items, enabling scholars worldwide to discover and retrieve University of Northampton researchers' work.
NECTAR has been part funded by JISC, the Joint Information Systems Committee.
Articles, abstracts, reviews and letters in refereed or unrefereed journals
authored or edited books and monographs
conference presentations and papers
performances, exhibitions and broadcasts (including audio, video and digital images)
research degree theses (PhD, DProfPrac, MPhil)
NECTAR policy states that entry of bibliographic details (metadata) only will be accepted in NECTAR if it is legally or technically impossible to include the full work (e.g. if copyright prevents submission or if it is non-digital artwork or a performance).
Full text (or other complete content) is preferred.
NECTAR welcomes all material fulfilling the following criteria:
The item is a research output.
(Regrettably, at the moment NECTAR is not accepting teaching and learning materials or datasets).
One or more of the authors or creators of the work must be a member of the University of Northampton or Moulton College.
The work must already have been made available in the public domain. (i.e. published work, conference papers, performances and exhibitions are acceptable; internal presentations or working papers, pre-examination thesis chapters, and creative outputs that have not previously been performed or exhibited are not).
From January 2008, all University of Northampton research students are expected to deposit a copy of their final, post examination thesis in NECTAR (see the
Research Degrees Handbook
for details). If you enrolled for your degree before this date then you are still welcome to put your thesis in NECTAR, but it is not obligatory.
To deposit your thesis in NECTAR you should:
Check that your thesis does not include third party copyright material (e.g. text, images or multimedia content).
If it does, then you should gain permission from the copyright holder(s) for it to be deposited in an open access digital repository. If you have any questions about this then please get in touch with the
Sign the University's thesis author consent form available from the Senior Research Degrees Administrator.This includes your consent for your thesis to be included in NECTAR and the British Library's electronic theses scheme, EThOS.
Your School NECTAR administrator can provide you with a username and password so you may enter details of your research. For more information on how to do this please visit this page.
NECTAR holds details for a variety of research outputs, for example book chapters, conference items, journal articles and performances. The full list is available here.
In addition to the standard bibliographic details normally used to cite your work, NECTAR can store a variety of extra information, so you should have available any or all of the following:
Refereed status (is this a refereed or unrefereed item?)
Official or related URLs
Names of any funders of the work
Names of any projects with which the work is associated
Keywords - normally natural language and professionally relevant terms to describe the content of the item.
If appropriate, the NECTAR team will use the bibliographic details to establish the copyright position with regard to putting the full content of your work on NECTAR, and to generate appropriate metadata.
When the copyright position is known, the NECTAR team will contact you to request the appropriate version of the full text (or other content). If you upload the full text yourself you should carefully read the on-screen copyright statement before depositing your work. If another person has uploaded itfor you, you will need to sign an Author Licence and send it to the NECTAR team in Park Library. On receipt of your work we will convert it to an appropriate format (if necessary), append a NECTAR cover sheet and upload the item to the repository.
Once your work has been processed we will notify you of its permanent URL which you may share with your colleagues and display on your own web pages.
Intellectual property rights (IPRs) are the rights granted to the creators and owners of products of intellectual effort and creativity. Copyright is one type of IPR.
Under English law, copyright is automatically awarded to the creator on the production of an original piece of work.
Thus, when you produce a piece of scholarly work, the copyright in that work should belong to you.
However, sometimes this may not be the case. For example, your employer or funding agency may claim rights to your work as part of your employment contract or project agreement; or you may have signed away your rights when you published an article in a journal.
In order to deposit your work in NECTAR, you must either own the copyright yourself or have permission from the copyright holder(s) to deposit the item in NECTAR. If your work is produced jointly with other authors, then all authors must agree to the deposit. When you sign the NECTAR Author Licence or click to accept the online copyright statement in the deposit process,you will be signing on behalf of all your co-authors.
Many research funders now make it a condition of the award that recipients of grants deposit their research outputs in an open access repository or journal.
Others strongly recommend this.
Putting the full text of your work in NECTAR will fulfil any open access requirement.
service lists the rules and recommendations set by a number of research funders.
If you are uncertain of your own funders' requirements then we can investigate this for you.
When you submit your work for publication you will usually sign a copyright agreement with the publisher.
You are urged to think carefully before giving away your rights to your work. If possible you should award your publisher a 'licence to publish' rather than give away your copyright.
Some publishers will permit authors to archive a specific version of their work in an open access repository.
It is therefore important that you retain copies of your work from different stages of the publication process. We recommend that you keep the following versions:
Submitted version (pre refereeing)
Accepted version (post refereeing, author created version)
Published version (publisher created version eg. final PDF
With a Creative Commons licence you keep the copyright in your work but others may copy and distribute it under the conditions that you specify.
For example, the Creative Commons '
Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works' licence permits users to copy, distribute, display and perform the work as long as they give you credit for the work, do not use it for commercial purposes and do not alter, transform or build upon the work.
Creative Commons licences facilitate the dissemination of research and are becoming increasingly popular with the scholarly community.
Please notify the
if you wish to disseminate your work under a Creative Commons licence.
When you deposit your work in NECTAR you retain your existing rights to it. However, we recommend that if you are likely to publish it elsewhere you should consider the publisher's policy regarding prior deposit in an institutional repository. The NECTAR team can investigate this for you if you wish.
Yes. Although final arrangements have yet to be made, it is likely that NECTAR will be used to support data collection for the REF. Please enter bibliographic details for your work, including a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) if available. (If you are uncertain whether your work has a DOI then please contact your Academic Librarian or the NECTAR team for help.) If you are able to upload the full content of your work (either full text or other content) then please do so, but in the first instance please make it visible to repository staff only. We will liaise with you to establish the copyright position and if necessary will request a different version of your work (see FAQ 7).
Yes. Since January 2008 the University's Annual Research Report has been automatically generated from NECTAR content.
You are strongly encouraged to submit your work to NECTAR as soon as it enters the public domain (through publication, conference presentation, exhibition, performance etc). Not only will this improve the visibility of your work, but also regular submissions throughout the year will help the NECTAR team most effectively manage the throughput of items into the live repository.