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Our guide to Research Repository UCD

Research Repository UCD

Some Definitions

“Open access” is the practice of granting free web access to research articles, papers, book chapters, etc.


“Green” open access means that uploading to an institutional repository is free for authors. It is sometimes referred to as “self-archiving”. Research Repository UCD is UCD’s “green” open access repository:


“Gold” open access is a channel provided by some publishers, Sometimes authors pay a fee (known as an “article processing charge” or APC) to cover the costs of publishing in an open access or hybrid access journal. The APC is typically in the range of €500 - €5,000.

What is Research Repository UCD?

Research Repository UCD is a digital collection of green open access scholarly research publications from University College Dublin. The repository collects, preserves and makes freely available publications including peer-reviewed articles, working papers and conference papers created by UCD researchers.  

In doing so it assigns a persistent identifier which allows easy discoverability of research papers. 

Submitting material to the Repository is not intended to be an alternative to standard publication. It is a complementary approach designed to showcase UCD's research output, and to provide a searchable, multi-disciplinary, managed and curated resource. The published version of a paper will also be available in a regular journal of your choice and there will be a link to this published version from the cover page of the Repository version.

"Research Repository" and "Institutional Repository" are often used interchangeably.

Uploading to Research Repository UCD

  • As part of the process of updating your author profile in the Research Management System (RMS) you can upload your article, paper, chapter etc. See the short video here:
  • Please only upload the final unpublished version (post peer-review).
  • Your paper will go into a Library “pool” where the publisher’s policy and copyright will be checked prior to being made live.
  • The Library can also assist Schools and Research Centres with bulk uploads of 50 or more publications.

Green Open Access and Research Repository UCD

  • 80% of publishers allow the final unpublished version (post peer-review) of a paper to go into Research Repository UCD.
  • Your paper will also be published in the journal of your choice with a link from the Repository version to the published version.
  • It also increases the potential audience for your paper as it reaches those who may not have a subscription to the journal in which you have published (or access to a library which may have a subscription).
  • Studies have shown that being universally accessible significantly increases the chances of being cited.
  • Research Repository UCD not only stores and makes your papers freely available to a global audience, it also preserves your papers into the future.
  • All the major funding agencies both here and internationally have open access requirements pertaining to publications arising from your research and, increasingly, your data. 


Joseph Greene 

Repository Librarian


Some publishers require papers in green open access repositories to operate an embargo, the length of which can vary between publishers and journals.

In this case, only the details of the paper will be made available in Research Repository UCD until the embargo period is reached, at which point it will automatically be made live in the Repository.

There is no need to wait to upload papers to the repository; library staff will check the journal/publisher’s policy and apply the embargo as a matter of course.


Most publishers are very happy to co-exist with green access repositories and do not place embargoes in the way of immediate access. More information on this is available in our outline of the policies of the most common publishers of UCD publications: