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Research Publications Policy

Researchers must deposit research outputs in the Publications Repository.

The Research Publications Policy became a formal requirement in January 2010 and requires researchers to deposit their research outputs in the University's publications repository, PURE and, where possible, to make all research outputs available as open access, in order to maximise the visibility of the University's research.


University publications repository and open access archive

The University has implemented the PURE research information system to facilitate the management of its statutory returns such as the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the RCUK Research outcomes System (ROS).

More information about PURE

PURE and the PURE portal will also be used as a repository of research outputs (publications and activities) and to provide open access to research deposited by University staff.

The University Research Publications Policy requires that:

  1. A record of the peer-reviewed final accepted version of a research output must be deposited in PURE.
  2. Authors use the phrase “The University of Edinburgh” within the research output when stating the address of the originating institution.

Policy address convention

The address convention simplifies bibliometric searches that may be carried out for any future government assessments of research, for compiling league tables or for other purposes.

It will make it possible to easily identify and retrieve all the University’s research publications in research aggregation services such as Pubmed, Web of Knowledge and Scopus.

Non-peer-reviewed research outputs

Researchers are also encouraged to record and deposit an electronic copy of non-peer-reviewed research outputs in PURE. In particular, when this may help raise the profile of research, and increase the impact of University research activity.

Further help and information

Scholarly Communications Team
Edinburgh University Library
George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3850 or (0)131 651 5226