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About Strathprints and Open Access

Strathprints is an institutional eprint repository. Eprint repositories make research papers and other scholarly publications freely available on the Internet.

Services like Strathprints are being developed by academic and research institutions worldwide, in order to make research publications more widely available. By compliance with a standard protocol, the Open Archive Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, it is possible for all repositories to be searched from a single point. Distributed institutional and disciplinary repositories can all be searched as if they were one, using search engines such as Google Scholar or OAISter.


Information on policies regarding accessing and re-using deposited items can be viewed on our separate Policies page.

Why are Repositories Important?

Presentation on Open Access, setting up an Institutional Repository and Strathprints

Gold and Green Open Access

The Library continues to promote Green Open Access deposit of full-text whenever possible. Therefore we encourage authors to self-archive their work in Strathprints via Pure at the time the article is submitted for publication i.e. it may have been peer-reviewed by this point. Green OA is acceptable to the key UK funding bodies. Discussions and enquiries concerning open access journals and the best way to support the associated costs of OA publishing have increased over the last 12-18 months. This discussion paper attempts to clear-up some of the myths and provide an objective assessment of the options this institution may wish to consider.

Government View

The Government White Paper Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth commits the Government to requiring that all outputs from research funded by the public sector are made available by OA.

Academic View

One of the most recent surveys on attitudes toward open access and institutional repositories showed:

85% strongly or mildly in favour of open access in principle

80% strongly or mildly in favour of open access repositories

69% strongly or mildly in favour of publishing in OA journals

About Open Access

Learning to Share Academics and Open Access

Questions and answers about opening up access to research results Joint Information Services Committee (JISC) FAQ on Open Access

Research Councils UK Draft Position Statement on Access to Research Outputs

Wellcome Trust Position Statement in Support of Open and Unrestricted Access to Published Research

Other Open Access Funding Body Policies

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report: Scientific Publications: Free for all?

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

Strathprints is not intended to be a substitute for peer-reviewed journals, but has been developed to host work by University of Strathclyde researchers that has already been, or will be, published elsewhere.

Contact Information

For further information please contact Alan Slevin, Institutional Repository Co-ordinator: ext. 4468.

About this software

The site is running EPrints 3. EPrints is free software developed by the University of Southampton, England.

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