Data Policy

Metadata Policy

  • Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
  • The metadata may be re-used in any medium without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes provided:
    • the OAI Identifier or a link to the original metadata record are given
    • KUPS is mentioned as data provider.
  • The metadata must not be re-used in any medium for commercial purposes without formal prior permission.

Fulltext Policy

  • Anyone may access full items free of charge.
  • Copies of full items generally can be reproduced, displayed or performed and given to third parties for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge provided:
    • the authors, title and full bibliographic details are given
    • a hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page
    • the original copyright statement is given
    • the original rights permission statement is given
    • the content is not changed in any way.
  • Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.
  • KUPS is not the publisher or the publishing company; it is merely the online archive.


  • Items may only be deposited by accredited members of the University of Cologne.
  • Authors/Submitters may only submit fulltext items or datasets for which they are authorized.
  • The administrator/technical editor only checks whether the author/submitter an the deposited items correspond to the profile of KUPS.
  • The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  • No embargo policy defined.
  • The author/submitter exempts the provider of KUPS of third party arising from fulltext items or datasets deposited by the author/submitter.