The University's Research Repository is an Open Access Repository that makes copies of Stirling's research publications freely available on the web. This is a guide for Stirling University authors outlining how to submit journal articles, and other research output, to the Repository.
PLEASE NOTE: submissions to STORRE (except for new theses) should be made via the University's Research Management System (RMS) - see below: How do I submit to the Repository?
Most publishers don't allow us to use their version. But of course you can submit the publisher's version if you know the publisher allows this. If you wish you can check publisher conditions using the RoMEO database.
Note we will check publisher conditions for all submitted articles anyway, so you do not need to check for yourself.
If the only version you have is the publisher version, please still submit it. If we can not make the file publicly available we will instead "embargo" the full text file. In this case only the brief details about the article are made public and the file itself is hidden. Even though the file is hidden users of STORRE can still request a copy be sent to them. STORRE will help manage requests for the file from users.
For example see http://hdl.handle.net/1893/656: at the foot of this record there is a "Request from Author" button.
When a user clicks this button it generates an email to you as the original submitter. The email contains a link which allows you to say yes or no to the request. If you say yes, then the stored file is automatically sent to the requestor. This saves you the effort of locating the file again.
Note that by default these request emails go to the address of the person who submitted the item (their university email account associated with their computer logon), if you prefer requests to go to a different email address then enter it in the Contact Email field when you submit an item. The address in the Contact Email field is the address requests will be sent to, if the Contact Email field is blank then the default submitter address will be used. (In most situations the Contact Email address will be the same as the submitter address).
If you are planning to leave the University - please contact us so that we can enter your new address in the Contact Email field of your STORRE records, this way requests will continue to reach you.
Because the requests are going directly to the author this practice is allowed under "Fair Dealing" (an exception to copyright).
You can submit co-authored journal articles to the Repository, even if the other authors are not from Stirling University. It is the publisher policy (which we will check) that dictates whether we can accept a submitted journal article.
Publications are submitted to STORRE via the University's Research Management System (RMS). Details of all publications are added to the RMS and for those publications you wish to add to STORRE; simply attach the full-text to the RMS record and choose the option to have these copied from the RMS to STORRE. (Library staff will check and comply with publisher policies and copyright before copying items to STORRE).
Access the RMS via the Portal - select Research Management System from the Working at Stirling tab.
As the Open Access movement has gained momentum more publishers are allowing authors to deposit their articles in repositories. However, most publishers will also require that certain conditions are met; one of the most common conditions is that the publisher's own version of the article can not be used. Instead many publishers require that the author's own final, refereed version is deposited instead, this is why we prefer that you submit this version to the Repository unless you know the publisher allows their version to be used.
We will check the publisher conditions for each article you submit to the Repository using the SHERPA/RoMEO database and thus ensure that you are not infringing the publisher agreement you signed. See the full list of STORRE publisher compliance procedures
We would encourage you to retain your copyright whenever possible; JISC have created Licence to Publish a model licence to send to your journal publisher to ensure you retain all your rights for optimal access to your articles. It may be worth asking your publisher if they will use Licence to Publish.
Many Research Funders now require that there is free Open Access to the published results of research they have funded, so it may actually be a requirement of your funding that you ensure your published research output is made available in some sort of Open Access Repository. See below.
Many of the major UK research funders require Open Access to published results from research awards they fund.
Some funders will consider deposit in any Open Access repository, like STORRE, sufficient to meet their requirements. However, some funders require deposit in a specific repository.
It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to ensure they are meeting their Research Funder’s requirements for Open Access arising from their funding. Researchers may find the SHERPA JULIET database helpful as it documents Funders’ Open Access requirements for publications and research data.
Visibility and Impact: Articles made freely available in Institutional Repositories are more accessible to a wider audience and avoid the cost barriers for those without subscription access to journals; even those at "wealthy" research institutions will only have access to a very small proportion of published journals. With ease of accessibility comes the potential for increased citations for your published works. Studies comparing citation counts report an advantage of 25%-250% for self-archived articles over non-self-archived articles in the same journal and year.
Central Storage and Preservation: Having all your research stored, and preserved, in a central and searchable database can help with research reporting exercises and acts as a record of your research career. Although you can manage this on personal or Departmental websites the web addresses that the Repository uses for your articles are permanent URLs so updating of web pages will not change the address where your article is stored. We also regularly back up files according to current best practice, and will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility of the files themselves.
Easier for others to find: Although you can manage lists of your research publications on your own personal web pages, search engines, such as google, will rank results from Repositories far higher than personal pages which therefore makes it easier for others to find your work. The Repository can also search across the full text of all the articles it stores.
The Repository also conforms to open standards for metadata harvesting. This enables cross repository search services (such as OpenDOAR) to collect metadata from the Repository enabling your articles to be included in national, international and subject based cross repository searches.
Fulfilling Research Funder mandates: Many of the research councils now have policies requiring you to deposit research outputs in Open Access Repositories, so you may have to submit your articles to a Repository anyway.
Use Statistics: STORRE has a statistics logger which records individual accesses to every item,
to view these select the ‘View Statistics’ button at the foot of each item's record. Statistics shown are: the total number of times the item has been viewed, as well as a breakdown of the number of views per month for the last 6 months, plus a breakdown of accesses by Country and City. Also, if any item is viewed twenty times or more you will see it listed in the Statistics section (available from the STORRE home page) with a note of how many views there have been.
The University of Stirling :
The full STORRE policies for publications and also etheses are available from the Information Services Policy page.
From September 2006 an electronic copy of all Stirling’s Research Theses (PhDs and Masters by Research) must be deposited by the author in the University's Repository: STORRE: Stirling Online Research Repository. If your Stirling thesis was completed before this date you can still deposit a copy.
In Microsoft Word, choose 'Save as' then select 'PDF *pdf' from the file type drop down box. A pdf copy of your file will be created.
Before you start the process for depositing your thesis, check the information on theses copyright. If you are hoping to publish from your thesis then think about requesting a delay to the date your thesis will be made publicly available in STORRE; as some publishers will not publish articles/book chapters if your thesis was previously made public on the web. If you wish to request a delay you can do this at the point you deposit your thesis – see Deposit your thesis below.
* Note: if you no longer have a Stirling computer username and password you can still submit your thesis but first you must go to the STORRE home page; select 'My STORRE' from the left hand menu; click the link 'New user? Click here to register'. Follow the on screen instructions - you will get your own password to access 'My STORRE'. You must then request authorisation to deposit by emailing the Information Centre with the following information: your full name; your email address; that it is a thesis you wish to deposit; the department in which you completed your thesis. Once you have received a confirmation email saying that you have permission to deposit, you can logon to STORRE and continue to submit your thesis.
If you have any problems trying to logon to STORRE please contact the Information Centre.
Before starting, make sure you have the following to hand: the full title of your thesis, the abstract, the year your thesis was awarded (this is the date that you handed in your thesis for your oral viva exam).
Once you've received this email you can hand in your hardbound and softbound paper copies to the Student Administration Office in the Cottrell Building (Room 2Z).
**Note on Step 4: This delay will only apply to the electronic version of your thesis. To restrict access to your paper thesis – use the “Thesis Access Restriction Request Form”, Form number: ARO 017, available from the Quality Office web site at: http://www.quality.stir.ac.uk/forms/index.php. This form must be submitted to the Education and Student Experience Committee, if they approve the restriction it will apply to both the paper and electronic copies of your thesis. Contact Student Administration and Research for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org).