Marine Institute Open Access Repository - FAQ
|What is an Institutional Repository?
An Institutional Repository (IR) is a digital collection of the research output of an institution
which is freely accessible globally on the internet.
Institutional repositories have come from the Open Access movement that promotes the electronic
dissemination of research publications and ensures that they are freely available without any
restrictions such as subscription fees.
|Why does the Marine Institute have an Institutional Repository?
The Marine Institute believes it is important to have an Institutional Repository to support the
dissemination and promotion of its research. The IR will showcase the range of research taking place
within the Marine Institute, especially research that is publicly funded and will increase the
availability of this research to the national and international research communities.
|Why should I put my research in the Marine Institute Open Access Repository?
You should put your research publications in the IR:
- To improve the visibility of your research - if your research is in the IR it will be easier
and quicker to find through different portals and search engines like Google.
- To satisfy your funding requirements – Many funding bodies now require that any research
output be placed in an IR. You can check funders open access policies on the SHERPA Juliet
service: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/ or check these policies with your library.
- To increase your citations - having your research in the IR can significantly boost your
- To see where your research is being used. The IR offers statistics based on each paper that
will allow you to see where in the world people are viewing your article from and how often it is
- It will help to preserve the intellectual output of the Marine Institute by centrally
co-ordinating and managing its storage and retrieval.
- It will provide a platform for information sharing which will help to facilitate research.
|If I submit my work to the Marine Institute Open Access Repository, can I still publish it elsewhere?
Yes. Placing your work in the repository does not prevent you from publishing elsewhere. You
still own the copyright on your work. For further information on depositing in the repository please
see the deposit agreement. (link to deposit agreement)
|What sort of material can you deposit?
We are seeking:
- The full text of the final/author’s version (Pre-print) of peer-reviewed journal articles.
Most publishers do not allow us to use their published pdf versions.
- Conference proceedings.
- Research theses and PhD theses.
- Research published by the Marine Institute.
|If I leave the Institute, will my work be removed from the repository?
No, but this does not stop you adding it to another repository at your new institution.
|Can work produced with colleagues from other institutions be added to the repository?
Yes, our licence agreement covers this.
|What Copyright issues are there if I submit my work to the Marine Institute Repository?
Most publishers will agree to Open Access deposit, with certain conditions attached. A list of
publishers and their copyright policies’ can be viewed at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/.
We will check these conditions for you. If the final published version is not allowed then the final
peer-reviewed pre-publication very often is allowed. For further information please see our
copyright policy (link here).