The research field of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) consists of researchers from multiple international research laboratories and universities spread around the globe and research is often undertaken in isolation within each laboratory, limiting inter-laboratory collaboration and thus the full potential of the field of MCS. There is a clear need and untapped potential for improved collaborative efforts and subsequent improvement of research quality and outcomes within the field of MCS.
The OpenHeart Project aims to promote improved collaboration between researchers and laboratories in the field of MCS through an implementation of an open-source online research platform. Through this research platform the OpenHeart Project will achieve improved research standardisation (e.g. study designs, analyses and definitions), collaboration and training of Ph.D. students and early career researchers in the field of MCS. Subsequently, this will improve research quality and reproducibility of results at laboratories around the globe. The second major aim of the OpenHeart Project is to leverage existing expertise in the field of MCS to develop new and improved devices for MCS – it will be a platform where plans and code are shared allowing devices to be developed in tandem and in collaboration with many laboratories around the globe.
The following Copyright guide is for Researchers posting materials on the OpenHeart website and repositories:
It is important that you own the copyright in the material you submit or have permission or the rights from the copyright owner before you submit it. Copyright exists in images, diagrams, articles, book chapters and web posts.
1. The OpenHeart Project website will licence all source-code and software posted under a 3-Clause BSD License (BSD-3-Clause). This means that others are free to use, adapt and commercialise the source-code and software. So if you do not own the copyright in the source-code or software you post, you must make sure the copyright owner agrees to this licence.
2. Supplementary data and material will be licensed under an
Attribution CC BY Version 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0) (unless stated otherwise on the material on submission). So make sure that if you do not own the copyright, you mark clearly the copyright ownership on any work you submit.
3. Posting your comments: Comments will be licensed under an Attribution CC BY Version 4.0 International Licence
4. Individually posting your images, diagrams, tables, graphs and research data:
- If these have not previously been published, then we recommend that when posting them on this website, you mark them as follows: “© OpenHeartProject, 2017. This image/diagram/table/graph/research data is licensed under an Attribution CC BY Version 4.0 International licence”. When including them in your articles or book chapters for submission, you should mark them in the same way.
- If these have previously been published within articles or book chapters, then the copyright will normally belong to the publisher, and the advice below pertaining to published articles and book chapters applies.
5. Posting articles and book chapters you have already published:
- If your publisher owns the copyright, check what version of your article or book chapter your publisher permits. Often publishers will permit you to post a pre-print or a post-print version on this website. Also check what your publisher permits when you separately post images/diagrams/tables/graphs etc taken from these articles. Make sure the copyright ownership is clearly marked on the material you post (for example “© Wiley. All rights reserved.” unless the publisher indicates otherwise).
- If your article was published in an Open Access journal, check whether you are to post the article or should link to the article on your publisher’s website. Individual mages/diagrams/tables/graphs within your article may be separately posted, but make sure you include the article’s Creative Commons licence.
6. Posting your unpublished material that you intend to later publish in a journal/ book:
- Pre-publication: You should be aware that often journals and book publishers do not accept pre-published written material. However, copyright exists in the order of the words, not the ideas. Some publishers are more relaxed about working versions of material being posted on websites beforehand. For more clarity, check with the editor of your journal or book.
- Pre-publicity: Some journals do not permit pre-publicity regarding the content of submitted articles or book chapters. For more information, check your intended publisher’s publication policies.
7. Material created with others: When two or more people make significant contributions to a work (such as source-code, software, data, an article or diagram) they jointly own the copyright. So you should get permission from all people who have made significant contributions before you submit such a work.
8. Linking to material: You may link to material from this website (or embed a link).