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Scholars Portal is committed to preserving the intellectual content of every object held in the respository. To do this, Scholars Portal captures two three essential items from each Submission Information Package:

  • The descriptive metadata and structural relationships, which are then normalized to version 3.0 of the NIH Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag setmetadata included with object at time of ingest, especially that which relates to other objects within the repository.
  • The content object, preferably in PDF version, but Scholars Portal will accept a wide range of well-known, commonly used formats, the details of which are negotiated in the Provider Agreement.
  • The intellectual rights to the object held by Scholars Portal and members of its Designated Community. While these properties are used to control access to the content and to determine its preservation level, they are also preserved themselves.

Scholars Portal maintains the content objects in the publisher provided format until there is a need for transformation of these objects to delay or prevent file obsolescence. In the course of these transformations, priority is given to maintaining the information contained in an individual content object, as opposed to preserving its appearance or a specific presentation.