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Open Access research that is improving renewable energy technology...

Strathprints makes available scholarly Open Access content by researchers across the departments of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Electronic & Electrical Engineering (EEE), and Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering (NAOME), all of which are leading research into aspects of wind energy, the control of wind turbines and wind farms.

Researchers at EEE are examining the dynamic analysis of turbines, their modelling and simulation, control system design and their optimisation, along with resource assessment and condition monitoring issues. The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) within MAE is producing research to achieve significant levels of energy efficiency using new and renewable energy systems. Meanwhile, researchers at NAOME are supporting the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current energy to assist in the provision of diverse energy sources and economic growth in the renewable energy sector.

Explore Open Access research by EEE, MAE and NAOME on renewable energy technologies. Or explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research...

About Strathprints

What is Strathprints?
Improving the visibility and impact of Strathclyde research: how does Strathprints do it?
How do I deposit my research outputs in Strathprints? What is PURE?
What is the "EPrints request button" and why have I received an email from Strathprints requesting I send a manuscript to a user?
What software does Strathprints use?
What policies does Strathprints have relating to metadata, content, etc.?
Where can I learn more about copyright in relation to Strathprints? Where is the Strathprints "notice and take down policy"?
Does Strathprints have information about any cookies it uses and, if so, what for - and any personal data collected?
I like the banner images you have used in Strathprints. Where did you source them?

What is Strathprints?

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. It has been developed to disseminate Open Access research outputs, expose data about those outputs, and enable the management and persistent access to Strathclyde's intellectual output.

Repositories like Strathprints are an important instrument of Open Access and alternative approaches to scholarly communication because they make research papers and other scholarly outputs freely available on the Internet, thereby maximising their visibility and potential impact. The benefits of Open Access are such that governments and most research funders now have policies for making research outputs openly available. Our Open Access @ Strathclyde pages explain more about this and the different approaches to making scholarly work openly accessible.

Improving the visibility and impact of Strathclyde research: how does Strathprints do it?

One of the unique features of institutional repositories is that they support a wide variety of technical protocols that enable discovery tools, from generic academic search tools such as Google Scholar to more specialist tools such as Core or BASE , DS Dimensions or 1findr , to interoperate with Strathprints. This allows these discovery tools to learn about the research outputs Strathprints contains in a way these systems prefer, but also enables these systems to direct their users to the research which Strathprints holds.

Systems like Strathprints are also central to new in-browser Open Access tools such as Unpaywall and the Open Access Button, allowing users to discover openly available research papers whenever they encounter a paywall.

The diagram below illustrates some of the many systems Strathprints exposes data to and interoperates with.

Data exposed by Strathprints to discovery systems

How do I deposit my research outputs in Strathprints?

All research active staff based at the University of Strathclyde can deposit their research outputs in Strathprints via PURE. PURE (DS account required) is the University's current research information system and is used to capture the research activities of the University, consolidating it with data from corporate systems, in order to provide users with a single source of information.

Research outputs uploaded to PURE will progress through a process of Validation before being approved, after which they will be automatically deposited in Strathprints. Note that the process of validation also seeks to ensure outputs deposited in Strathprints do not infringe copyright.

Further information on the PURE validation process is available from the Open Access @ Strathclyde pages, with guidance documentation available from the Development and Training Gateway (DS account required).

What is the "EPrints request button" and why have I received an email from Strathprints requesting I send a manuscript to a user?

The "Request eprint" link is a feature of Strathprints and is displayed on the abstract page of research outputs. The link is displayed to users when a record about a research output contains:

  1. one or more restricted documents (e.g. one or more of the outputs is under a temporary embargo), or;
  2. no documents (e.g. the Strathclyde author has failed to deposit a research output).

By clicking the "Request eprint" link, users can submit a request to Strathprints which, in turn, generates an email to the author (or other recipient determined by EPrints) requesting a copy of the restricted/missing items.

The "Request eprint" link therefore facilitates so-called Almost Open Access. Strathclyde authors are encouraged to respond positively to such manuscript requests since they are a key mechanism of providing legitimate and legal access to research outputs that are not Open Access or might otherwise be inaccessible.

What software does Strathprints use?

Strathprints is powered by EPrints 3.3.13, free repository software developed by the University of Southampton, employing MySQL, Apache Webserver, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Perl, mod_perl, Digital Object Model (DOM), Resource Description Framework (RDF) and XML. EPrints supports the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), Linked Data, Semantic Sitemap Extension, and many more...

What policies does Strathprints have relating to metadata, content, etc.?

Strathprints has a number of policies governing the use and re-use of metadata, data, and content as well as policies for digital preservation and the deposit of content. Details of these policies are available from our Strathprints policies page. For policies governing Research Data Management please consult the RDMS pages.

Some guidance on copyright is available within Strathprints; but more detailed information and assistance is available from Information Governance and Compliance.

Every effort has been made to ensure that no deposited content infringes any third party property rights or otherwise infringes applicable laws. Strathprints operates a notice and take down policy should you discover any content that you consider to infringe your rights.

Does Strathprints have information about any cookies it uses and, if so, what for - and any personal data collected?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are used widely across the web to make websites work more effectively, as well as to provide information to the owners of websites. Strathprints uses anomymous cookies to improve services to users, such as to enable web traffic analytics and allow social media sharing. Users placing EPrint requests (e.g. for embargoed content) should note that minimal personal data are also collected. Further information about the nature of these cookies, how they are used, and personal data collected is available from our cookie & privacy information page.

I like the banner images you have used in Strathprints. Where can I find them?

In the spirit of Open Access, all the banner images Strathprints uses are openly available via a number image repositories, either under a CC-BY (attribution) or CC-0 (public domain) licence. Tools used included Wikimedia Commons, Europeana, The Commons on Flickr, Unsplash and Pixabay.