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Wits Institutional Repository (WIReDSpace): Depositing/Accessing WIReDSpace

This Guide provides information and resources about institutional repositories and Wits Institutional Repository on DSpace (WIREDSPACE). It provides guidelines on depositing in and accessing material from WIREDSPACE, as well as OA and OER Resources.

Who can deposit in WIReDSpace?

All Wits researchers, academics, postgraduate students, library staff and other authors at Wits are encouraged to deposit research material and work related intellectual outputs in WIReDSpace.

Training to input material is available on request.  Contact:  Your Faculty Librarian for assistance

Who Can Access WIReDSpace?

Any users (e.g. researchers, educators, librarians, organisations, individuals, Government officials and staff, students, literacy trainers, etc.) who search WIReDSpace from the Wits Library Website (via Google or any other search engine) will be able to access and use the material on WIReDSpace at no cost.  Due acknowledgement of the source is required for all material used from WIReDSpace.

Educators may find relevant articles and other works on WIReDSpace to include in teaching material.  Students can also use WIReDSpace for study material, research and other purposes. Researchers can showcase their publications in full-text, open access, on WIReDSpace.

Since material on WIReDSPACE is Open access, you do not require copyright permission to use the material, but you should reference material properly. 

Some Restrictions on WIReDSpace Content

Although WIReDSpace is intended to be an Open Access Repositories, there are instances where items may need to be embargoed, e.g. at the request of publishers or authors during the publication phase; or where the material is confidential, contains sensitive, security-risk, or potentially harmful information, etc.  The material will then be loaded onto WIReDSpace, but access will either be 'suppressed' or only made accessible to the Wits community, depending on the circumstances.  Access can be restricted temporarily or permanently on WIReDSpace.

How to Deposit Copies of Your Publications on WIReDSpace

To deposit your works in WIReDSpace, you will need to check the Copyright Policies of the relevant publishers (see Tab on Copyright Policies re: WIReDSpace, in this LibGuide).  Alternatively, you can email for assistance. 

Check the Tab for WIREDSPACE Contacts on this Libguide and contact the relevant person for assistance. 

All articles, papers, theses & dissertations and other literary works need to be submitted in PDF format and images in .tiff or .jpg formats.  If you have images in other formats, first discuss with Charl Roberts ( or for conversion purposes.  Please do not upload incorrect formats. 

You may NOT deposit material that is embargoed by Faculty or restricted in any way by copyright policies of publishers, or publisher's special requests.  

Step by Step

*Click on My Account – see login or register 
*Click on register – add email address (will get notification via email to choose password)
*Under Communities - click on relevant Faculty, then School
*Click on “Submit a new item to this collection”
*Fill in field boxes as required. Some are compulsory.  Make sure you enter as much information about the work as possible with keywords so that it is searchable via Google and other search engines.  Put a link and citation to the published PDF version. 
*Click on licence at end and submit
*Email from Wiredspace confirming unique handle number
Regarding Citations:  Where possible, include full citations from Scopus or the article itself (sometimes provided), otherwise use Harvard or APA referencing styles.   For assistance with these styles, see:
With OA born-digital articles, very often there are no page numbers but an article number is provided instead. When including an article number in a citation, use the following example: Author's surname and initials, date of publication, title of article, title of journal, volume and issue numbers, then Art. #1100, pp. 3-5, etc.......