Archive for the ‘UBIR’ Category

It’s Open Access Week!

October 22, 2018

Open Access refers to research that is available free of charge to the user. So, no logins or paying for access to articles or books. Open access journals are increasing in number, for example, see Directory of Open Access Journals. In addition, most universities have an OA repository which contains the research output of the university that you can view freely. Last year during Open Access week, Cambridge University made Prof. Stephen Hawking’s thesis freely available on their repository – so many people tried to access it that it temporarily broke the Internet!

You can find the University of Bolton’s repository here: UBIR. Have a look at our research papers, research proposals, theses and conference papers.


An Eresource Advent: Day 10

December 10, 2017

I was about to admit to including something else that isn’t strictly speaking an electronic resource but I realised that UBIR (the University of Bolton Institutional Repository) most certainly is an electronic resource: it captures, preserves, stores and makes available the intellectual output of the University of Bolton. This includes not only journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, for example, written by University of Bolton members, it also includes a growing number of theses. The main aim of UBIR is to facilitate open access to research, and will be crucial tool for fulfilling the HEFCE requirement for REF 2021 that research must be made open access. Research that has been deposited to UBIR is discoverable via the Internet, and is a vitally important means of disseminating research: it is the way forward for scholarly communication.

Open Access Week 2017 is here!

October 23, 2017

Today marks the start of Open Access Week. Now in its tenth year, Open Access Week is an annual event whereby academic and research communities can come together to learn more about and promote open access. A reading list for Open Access Week will be available later today.

Making research more accessible is the goal of open access, and the University of Cambridge, to celebrate Open Access week, made available the doctoral thesis of none other than Professor Stephen Hawking. Entitled Properties of Expanding Universes, this important work is now freely available via the University of Cambridge’s institutional repository here. Professor Hawking has granted the university his permission: what better endorsement for open access.

Here at the University of Bolton, UBIR holds 131 open access theses and this number is growing. Theses account for 12 per cent of the total number items in UBIR accounting for just over 13 per cent of all downloads over time.

Get self-archiving!

February 17, 2017

As well as resolving (or attempting to resolve…) resource access problems this week, I’ve also been busy creating a guide to depositing research to UBIR which may be useful to anyone who has published research, and in particular who may be considering submitting to the next REF.

The guide provides support on how to actually deposit to UBIR – which is a simple process – as well as help on ensuring that any items deposited are copyright cleared. The benefit of self-archiving is that you can ensure that your research is uploaded when you want it to be, and as authors, you are often best placed to make decisions about subject classifications and indeed the school to which you are affiliated. Why not have a go and see what you think?

We have no plans to compel all authors to upload their own work and will continue to upload on your behalf. However, some of you may prefer to self-archive, and our guide is just one of things we have been working on to make this process as easy as possible.

If you would like any further help or information on any aspect of engaging in open access, don’t hesitate to contact the UBIR Team.

New Twitter feed for UBIR

January 12, 2017

I hope you’ll allow me for a moment to don my other hat, that of Institutional Repository Manager, so that I can tell you about a new Twitter feed that might be of interest if you want to keep up to date with developments in open access at Bolton, as well as another way of finding our what research has been deposited.

UBIR’s Twitter feed is @BoltonUBIR. Get following!

UBIR subject to disruption this morning

March 22, 2016

Due to planned maintenance, UBIR may be unavailable between 9.00 a.m. and 11 a.m. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Do you plan to submit research for REF 2020? Read on!

March 7, 2016

If you plan to submit research for REF 2020, there is one crucial thing you need to be aware of:

To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository on acceptance for publication.

HEFCE Policy on Open Access

This applies to conference proceedings and journal articles and is applicable to any research that is accepted for publication after 1st April 2016.

The HEFCE Policy on Open Access outlines this requirement and provides extensive guidance. If you are planning on submitting research to REF 2020 you must comply with this guidance.

In order to fulfil this requirement, your work can be deposited in UBIR. Simply send any electronic version of the paper in question with full bibliographic details to and we will do the rest. If your work has been published in an open access journal you will still need to ensure it is available in UBIR.

Cancelled: scheduled downtime for UBIR today

February 23, 2016

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the UBIR downtime that was scheduled for today has been cancelled. It will now occur at a later date; keep checking this blog for further news!

Further scheduled downtime for UBIR

February 22, 2016

As work to develop UBIR and improve functionality, there will be further scheduled downtime tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd February. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and will take until around 2 p.m. to complete, and it is likely that UBIR will be unavailable during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Scheduled down time for UBIR this Friday

February 16, 2016

Due to further development work, UBIR may be unavailable from 9 a.m. on Friday 19th February until around 2 p.m. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

On the subject of UBIR, I thought I’d share something rather exciting. Yes, that’s right, I have UBIR statistics now! I’ll save detailed discussion  for another time but for now, I’ll just leave you with the knowledge that over the course of the past 24 months, there have been nearly 62,000 full-text downloads from UBIR. Amazing! So if you’re an academic and are in any doubt as to whether or not putting your research in UBIR will mean it’s read, I can confirm that yes, that is indeed the case!

I’ll leave that for now: more stats goodies will be brought to you shortly…