Request for permission to open "abstracts" in QIR metadata


To authors and copyright holders:

Kyushu University Institutional Repository (QIR) is working to promote the publication and utilization of our university's research results with our open access policy and collection policy.

In order to promote further utilization of publicly available content, the metadata (*1) will be made open and freely available to third parties as described below.

The copyright of the abstracts of the metadata belongs to the authors and copyright holders of each content. Therefore, we need to obtain your permission before publishing the metadata.

We request the consent of you, the authors and copyright holders, for third-party use of the abstracts contained in the metadata.

You can make an objection by sending us an email. Please contact us by  November 18th, 2022, if you do not wish to publish your abstracts included in the articles which have already registered in the repository. If you do not make an offer by the due date, we will assume it has been accepted.

<About opening the metadata>

When will it start?

  • After November 28, 2022 (Due to the replacement of the library system.)

What is the target?

  • Metadata for content published in Kyushu University publications

   Of these, abstracts of DOI-registered papers are also subject to open access by JaLC.(*2)

Click here for the list of contents for which we request consent to open the abstract section at this time (As of August 9th, 2022):

How it will be done?

  1. Provided on the QIR as a downloadable dataset.
  2. Provided to each partner institution through JaLC.

   (Only for papers assigned a DOI (*3) on QIR)

►For more information on the opening of metadata by JaLC, please see the following information(Eternal Link).

What are the benefits?

  • Metadata is used by various commercial and non-commercial literature search services. In such cases, abstracts can be expected to enhance searchability and further increase the number of accesses.
  • In addition to literature search services, the data may be freely used as open data for various purposes. For example, abstracts on metadata could be the subject or material for research through text mining, etc.


About the licence

  • Except for the abstract portion, the metadata to be opened by QIR(Method 1 above) will be released under the Creative Commons Public Domain License (CC0).

 ►For more information about this license, please refer to the following link

     CC0FAQ  (Eternal Link)

<For those who do not consent>

How to contact?

  • For content registered in the past, please notify us of your intention not to grant permission by November 18th, 2022, to the contact information below.
  • For new content to be registered after the above deadline, please notify us of your disapproval at the time of registration.

What happens to the public data?

  • For the requested content, the abstract will be excluded from the metadata that will be opened by QIR and JaLC. In such cases, the abstract heading displayed on the QIR will be changed from "Abstract" to "Notes".

What if the deadline has passed?

  • The above actions can be taken even if the request is made after the deadline. However, please note that it is not always possible to immediately stop the use of abstracts once they have been circulated externally.


  • This request is not a request for a waiver or transfer of copyright to the abstract.
  • If you wish to grant a CC license to the abstract included in the metadata, please contact us at the contact information below.
  • How to check papers for open access by JaLC:

    Please visit each article page on QIR and if the article information includes "JaLC DOI", "Crossref DOI", or "DataCite DOI", it is applicable. Not applicable if the DOI appears in the "Related DOIs" column.




※1 metadata :

In this case, it specifically refers to information registered in QIR, such as the title of the article, author's name, abstract, and publication date.


※2 JaLC :

Japan Link Center(JaLC)is an organization in Japan that registers DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers: permanent identifiers given to electronic content on the Internet) for electronic research products such as research papers, and manages them together with their location information.


※3 DOI :

DOI is an abbreviation for Digital Object Identifier, which is a permanent identifier for electronic content on the Internet.


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