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?
Publications are submitted to STORRE via the University's Research Management System (RMS). (Note research theses are submitted directly to STORRE - see details below). 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.
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 login) 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.
Yes, you can submit items published prior to working for the University of Stirling, where your previous employment conditions allow.
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 cannot 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 has 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 is part of IRUS-UK (a JISC funded service) that collects raw usage data from UK repositories and processes these data into COUNTER-compliant statistics. On the IRUS-UK site Stirling staff and students can view the number and titles of the items that have been downloaded from STORRE.
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 must be deposited by the author in the University's Repository: STORRE: Stirling Online Research Repository. The research theses this applies to are: PhDs, Masters of Philosophy and Professional Higher Degrees by Research. (Some Divisions or Schools may also ask for Masters by Research to be deposited). If your Stirling thesis was completed before September 2006 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 homepage; select 'Sign on to' from the top right-hand corner, then select 'My STORRE'; click the link '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 you wish to deposit a thesis; the department in which you completed your thesis. Once you have received a confirmation email saying that you have permission to deposit, you can log in to STORRE and continue to submit your thesis.
If you have any problems trying to login 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 and the year your thesis was awarded - this is the date that you handed in your thesis for your oral viva exam, even if you have had minor corrections to make. (If the outcome of your viva was a "resubmission" with 12 to 18 months to resubmit, then instead, the date is the date you resubmitted the thesis).
Once you've received this email you can hand in your hardbound and softbound thesis copies to the Student Administration Office, in the Cottrell building, Room 2Z.
When submitting the electronic copy of your thesis to STORRE you can request a delay to the date when the thesis will become publicly available on the web in STORRE. Before requesting a delay there are a couple of important things to note:
1. The delay will only apply to the electronic version of your thesis. If you wish to delay access to your thesis to allow time to write up articles, it is normally sufficient for only the electronic copy of your thesis not to be available until your articles are published. So, for example, you may wish to request a delay of some months in STORRE.
Most publishers will not be concerned about the paper copy of your thesis being available for consultation in our Library. However, if you do wish to also restrict access to your paper thesis the restriction must meet legislative requirements (Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and/or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations (2004)). Therefore you must complete the “Thesis Access Restriction Request Form”, Form number: ARO 017, available from the Registry and Governance Service web site at: http://www.stir.ac.uk/academicpolicy/handbook/forms. 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. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. If your thesis has been funded by an organisation then your funder may have Open Access requirements for your thesis that you will need to take into account before requesting any delay.
For example: if you are funded by Research Councils UK (AHRC; BBSRC; EPSRC; ESRC; MRC; NERC; STFC) then the requirement is that your thesis should be available open access within 12 months of the award.
At the discretion of the University, an exception may, on occasion, be possible and thesis authors can request a short extension up to a further year (that is, a total embargo of 24 months including the 12 months permitted by RCUK). Only in very exceptional rare circumstances could a thesis be placed under an embargo longer than 24 months.
Exceptions may be allowed for commercial, collaborative or publication reasons. For example: where early disclosure of the information would be likely to mean commercial losses for an organisation involved in the thesis study; collaborations with non-profit bodies and/or research participants would be prejudiced or compromised by disclosure; disclosure would prevent publication in monograph form or particular journal titles (e.g. when payment of Open Access fees is not an option and/or publisher policies require a longer embargo).
Any request for an exception beyond the allowed 12 months must be made in writing to the Repository Librarian at email@example.com (or Stirling University Library, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4QA).
A PhD by publication consists of a portfolio of between four and six interconnected, published research papers contextualised by a coherent narrative. Such publications may include papers, chapters, monographs, books, scholarly editions of a text, technical reports, creative work in relevant areas, or other artefacts.
If you are submitting a PhD by publication the complete thesis (including the publications) should be submitted to STORRE. You may have particular wishes for your thesis because of the form in which it is produced – here are some notes about submitting to STORRE that may help:
If you have any questions relating to STORRE please contact the Information Centre.