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Showcasing Your Research - Open Access at UCD

Make your research output freely accessible through Research Repository UCD, the University's Open Access institutional repository.

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) means that electronic scholarly research outputs (publications and, increasingly, data) are made freely available on the Web to all, with no license restrictions. In October 2012 the Irish Government launched the National Principles for Open Access Policy StatementThis is backed by 20 organisations, including the Irish Universities Association (IUA). The principles driving the Open Access Policy statement are that the outputs from publicly-funded research should be publicly available to researchers and to potential users in education, business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general public.


Why should I deposit my research in an Open Access Research Repository?

      • Research indicates that making your research open access can significantly increase your chances of being cited; see for example a review of the research in this area by Alma Swan:
        Swan, A. (2010) The Open Access citation advantage: studies and results to date. Technical Report, School of Electronics & Computer Science, University of Southampton.
      • Your research becomes universally accessible on the Internet and searchable through Google and Google Scholar.
      • The Research Repository provides long term access and storage for your papers and all items are assigned permanent links, similar to DOIs.
      • The use of permanent URLs within the repository makes referencing the online version of your paper easier and more robust.
      • You will be provided with regular download statistics for all items deposited in the Repository.
      • The repository provides a showcase for an author's, school's or institution's output and raises the individual researcher's, the school’s and the University's profile.
      • Depositing the peer-reviewed final draft of your publications into Research Repository UCD incurs no costs to you as an author.
      • More than 300 publishers already allow you to deposit the peer-reviewed final draft of your publications into the institutional repository.
      • Many major funding organisations require that funded research be made available through open access. See our mandates page for more details.
      • It’s standard practice: nearly 3,000 institutions world-wide provide Open Access to over 33 million documents in repositories like Research Repository UCD.
      • Library staff are committed to assisting you with the depositing procedure, including assistance with copyright.
      • The Research Repository complements - does not replace - existing publishing processes.
      • See Professor Aidan Moran talking about the benefits of depositing to Research Repository UCD.
      • View a flyer showing how using Open Access routes can increase your research impact.


UCD’s Open Access Research Repository

Research Repository UCD is UCD’s own institutional repository. The Library service offers you:

      • A platform for making your publications available as open access documents
      • Assistance with copyright clearance for deposit
      • Metadata services: date stamping, permanent URL, links to publisher's versions where available, standardised author names and subject headings
      • Usage statistics at item, school, research centre and UCD-wide levels.
      • Other usage statistics on demand.

Find out more about depositing to Research Repository UCD.

See more information on funders' mandates and meeting open access requirements in funding bids in our Research Data Management guide.