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About the University of Liverpool Research Archive


Establishing the University of Liverpool Research Archive

After obtaining approval from the Research Committee and the Information Services Committee the library advised our academic community earlier this year that it was taking the lead in creating an Institutional Repository at Liverpool. Schools, departments, research groups and individual researchers were invited to indicate their interest in participating in a pilot project prior to the full roll-out of the service in 2008. An enthusiastic response was received and the decision was taken to expand the number of departments and research groups involved in the pilot from three to nine. The nine departments included in the pilot represent all Faculties in the University providing an excellent opportunity for learning lessons.

Features of the new service

The service will be known as the University of Liverpool Research Archive. The repository will be available via the Internet and will provide free worldwide access to digital scholarly publications of University of Liverpool researchers and their affiliates whilst respecting the copyright policies of publishers.

Why Researchers should Deposit their Work

The main purpose of the repository is to provide open access to work produced by our researchers which has been peer-reviewed or refereed. The creation of the Repository at Liverpool is timely. A number of grant-giving bodies, including five of the Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust, have now made it mandatory for the researchers they fund to make their writings available in open access form. Even where grant conditions do not make open access publication obligatory, there are significant advantages to it. Open access publications are open to anyone with internet access â- not just to those countries and institutions that can afford subscriptions to increasingly expensive academic journals - so citation levels for an article available in open access form are likely to be higher than for the equivalent article accessible only through commercial publications. This is advantageous to the researcher, whose work is more likely to be used and built upon; to the department, whose RAE performance is enhanced by increased citation; and to the University, whose prestige and ability to attract the best staff and students is improved.

Depositing your Work during the Pilot Project

All researchers are encouraged to become familiar with the University of Liverpool Research Archive. During the pilot phase, we are inviting researchers in all of our nine pilot departments to deposit their research papers. A list of pilot departments and their academic representatives is provided. Researchers should contact their academic representative for guidance on the content policy for their department or research group but should note that all peer reviewed content can be included in the repository. Depositors are also encouraged to visit the Deposit Guide to find out about repository policies and how to use the repository effectively. If would you like any additional guidance about depositing your work, please do not hesitate to contact the Institutional Repository Librarian at or by telephone at 0151 794-5408.


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