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Research Hub

A guide to research support services at Exeter Health Library

The library can support you when it's time to publish your research by:

  • Providing books on writing for publication
  • Adding research articles and other research outputs (e.g. conference posters) to the RD&E Research Repository

The RD&E Research Repository is a database of all research outputs from RD&E staff including:

  • journal articles
  • case reports
  • conference abstracts
  • research posters
  • images
  • videos….and more!

Full-text versions of articles can be deposited and made freely available within publisher's permissions.

If you have a list of publications you’d like to add to the repository, please e-mail it to: rde-tr.ResearchRepository@nhs.net. To submit individual items, please go to our online form.

Open Access is the practice of making research outputs such as peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters/monographs, freely available online for everyone to read, use and re-use.

Matt Holland from the North-West Ambulance Services Library & Knowledge Service has written a fantastic Guide to Open Access for Allied Health Professionals which is well worth a read for more information on this topic, from an NHS perspective.

But here is some brief information on Open Access which you may find useful:

How do I find and access Open Access content?
Some publishers have now launched specific Open Access journal titles/collections, which are freely available. Examples include:

You can also search resources such as PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central.

Some journals are called ‘hybrid’ journals and are a combination of subscription-access content and Open Access, so it is worth looking on the publisher’s site/tables of contents to see what you can access, Open Access articles are usually marked somewhere to say they are Open Access.

Some content is also available from institutional repositories, which you can search at:

  • OpenDOAR – worldwide directory of Open Access repositories
  • SHERPA search – search UK Open Access repositories

How do I make my research outputs Open Access?

There are two options for making your research output available via Open Access:

Gold route
This is where you pay a publisher an Article Processing Charge (APC) to have your article published as Open Access. Once you pay the fee, your article will be published as Open Access and you’ll also be able to upload a copy into your institutional repository immediately, without embargo.

Some research funders stipulate that your research articles need to be made Open Access via the Gold route, and you should factor in the costs for this as part of your research grant proposal. APC charges can vary between publishers, and some offer discounts for institutions with membership.

The NIHR policy requires that all funded research outputs are made Open Access, preferably via the Gold route – as you can see in the NIHR Open Access policy.

Green route
This is the ‘free’ option – you upload a copy of your research article into your institutional repository, to be made publicly available in accordance with publisher’s embargo periods. Publisher’s embargo periods range from 6-12 months and sometimes longer. Your article will still be published with subscription access.

You need to check that your chosen publisher’s embargo period fits in with your funder’s requirements, but there are tools out there to help you with this:

If in doubt, speak to a member of library staff! We’re here to guide you through this.

Does the RD&E have an institutional repository I can upload my research outputs to?

Not all NHS Trusts have an institutional repository yet, but we’re lucky at the RD&E to have the RD&E Research Repository, a joint project between Research & Development and Exeter Health Library, where you can upload full-text articles, conference proceedings, posters etc as well as journal citations.

So if you have any articles or research outputs that you’d like to make Open Access, or have any further questions about Open Access, please contact: rde-tr.ResearchRepository@nhs.net.

Further links
RD&E Research Repository
RD&E Research & Development (Hub)

An ORCID is a unique identifier which you can register for which provides you with a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Some publishers require that you have an ORCID before you can publish an article with them.

It is free, quick and easy to register for an ORCID online, please click here.

If you have an ORCID, please let the RD&E Research Repository Team know, so that we can include it with your author details in the repository - this creates a link from any item with your name on it, to your ORCID profile page.

Think. Check. Submit - provide a checklist for researchers who are deciding where to submit their article for publication.

For more information, watch the video below:

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