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Institutionally authored books

Library collections policy for books written and edited by University of Edinburgh staff.

University of Edinburgh staff write, edit or contribute to over 500 printed books annually. These include monographs, editions of other works and collections of essays or conference papers. All new research outputs should be recorded in the PURE system for the purposes of research assessment and reporting exercises.

Although these monographs represent a major part of the University’s research output, these monographs are not yet systematically acquired by the University Library.

Edinburgh University Library aspires to hold two copies of all monographs edited or authored (in full or in part) by University of Edinburgh staff. The first copy will be placed in the appropriate library for general lending. The second copy will be held by Special Collections to preserve the long-term record of staff Research Publications. This will guarantee that a copy is available in case of selection of that publication for inclusion in the next REF.

Staff are encouraged to send two copies of print monographs to the Scholarly Communications Team, who will first ensure that bibliographic details are included in PURE, then place one copy on general loan and another in Special Collections.

To submit a monograph to the library, please email the Scholarly Communications Team detailing your contribution to the work (editor, author etc.), and place two copies in the internal mail to the address below, clearly marked for the attention of the Scholarly Communications Team.

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