Frequently asked questions about the institutional repository

1. What does eResearch contain?

eResearch is a digital collection of research output from the University, and includes:

Journal articles can be pre- or post-prints depending on publisher policy regarding deposit in institutional repositories. Please contact the Library Services staff for further information.

Preprints - a pre-refereed, unpublished paper which may be submitted for publication

Postprints - the final peer-reviewed published version of a paper

2. What is eResearch not?

3. Why should I use eResearch?

There are advantages to researchers in depositing material in eResearch:

The institution also benefits from the collection of all research material in one site as eResearch will become a show case for research at QMU. It makes the discovery of research material easier by being readily visible to prospective business collaborators, academics, or students.

4. Can I continue to include my papers on my personal home page?

eResearch is not intended as a replacement for personal homepages, however deposit within the repository has advantages over inclusion in home pages:

5. Who is responsible for eResearch?

Library Services staff are responsible for the development of the repository and will provide day-to-day administration and support.

6. How is material added to eResearch?

Library Services staff will upload material of all types to the repository and add bibliographic details in compliance with international standards. Please send material to

There is also the option for academic staff to deposit material within the repository from where it will be collected by Library Services staff and bibliographic details added. Please follow the create account link on the repository home page. Once an account has been created you will be able to deposit material for collection by Library Services staff.

7. What are the responsibilities of a self-depositing researcher?

8. What about copyright?

10. Other repositories?

Information about other academic open access repositories can be found on the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) website at

Subject based repositories exist for many areas, for more information please contact the LRC.

11. Contacts

To email material for deposit in eResearch please use:

Technical Support: George Harvie

Tel: 0131 474 0000 and ask for George Harvie when prompted by our automated system.

Further information and research support: Helen Muir (semester-time only)

Tel: 0131 474 0000 and ask for Helen Muir when prompted by our automated system.