Notice and Takedown Policy

Every effort has been made to ensure that the content in Research Scotland does not infringe any person's rights or applicable UK laws. Should you discover content that you believe to be illegal or that infringes any of your statutory rights you may contact the repository administrator who will review the complaint.

Contact Address

Research Scotland

c/o Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR


Please contact the administrator in writing including the following:

  1. Your contact details.
  2. The full details of the material (author, title, etc) that is the subject of the complaint.
  3. The exact and full URL (web address) where you found the material.
  4. If the request relates to copyright provide proof that you are the rights holder and a statement that you are the rights holder or are an authorised representative.
  5. The reason for your request, including but not limited to, copyright law, privacy laws, data protection, obscenity, defamation etc.

On receipt of your complaint, the administrator will log a central record and cease access to the item that is subject to complaint.

The complaint will then be forwarded to a representative of the appropriate Research Scotland partner who will:

  1. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by e-mail
  2. Make an initial assessment of the validity of the complaint including verifying your identity and authority as complainant
  3. Where appropriate, refer the complaint to a legal advisor for comment and advice

When the partner has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the file will be removed from public access, leaving behind the bibliographic record describing the record.

If the partner confirms that the item in question does not breach any law then it will be reinstated.

You will receive a notification of the outcome of your complaint no later than 21 working days from the day of receipt by the Research Scotland administrator.