Friday, October 26, 2012

Irish Research Council Open Access Policy

Irish Research Council

The IRC was established in March 2012, merging the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET).  The IRC will enable the Irish research community to contribute to the body of global knowledge across the diversity of disciplines, recognising the importance of research and scholarship for all aspects of cultural, economic and societal development (

In July 2012 the European Commission issued a number of recommendations relating to access and preservation of scientific information for member states and it is following on from this that a National Open Access policy has now been developed.

In line with developing updated policies and procedures for the new IRC, it is timely to adopt an up to date Open Access Policy.  The draft IRC Open Access Policy is based on the IRCSET Open Access Policy (effective 2008) but has been updated to incorporate recent Open Access developments and to make sure that it addresses all aspects of the wider research community now covered.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

National Open Access Policy Statement

National Open Access Policy Statement

Open Access adds value to research, to the economy and to society. The outputs from publicly-funded research should be publicly available to researchers, but also to potential users in education, business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general public.

National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy
A Committee of Irish research organisations is working in partnership to coordinate activities and to combine expertise at a national level to promote unrestricted, online access to outputs1 which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the State.

Ireland already has considerable expertise in developing Open Access to publicly funded research, aligned with international thinking and initiatives, and is now seeking to strengthen its approach to support international developments on Open Access led by the European Commission, Science Europe and other international agencies.

Irish Repositories

e-publications at RCSI

Lenus at HSE

Rian  IUA / HEA


Citation Indexes - what's in a name?

RCSI Researchers
Are there different versions of your name on your published works? It is important to use a consistent version of your name as most databases index an author’s name based on the information they receive from journal publishers. Because publishers and databases do not always match your name with other papers you publish, this may result in inaccuracies when collating your published work, your citations or your h-index.

If there are different versions of your name, it is recommended that you merge your articles and papers in the two large citation databases, Scopus and Web of Science. Both citation indexes provide several ways for authors to correct information or variants in the databases.

Web of Knowledge
Search for yourself as author by name.
View the "Distinct Author Record Sets"
Click to open items with variant forms of your name 
Use the " Suggest a correction" option to request Web of Knowledge to amend your name.

Do an author search for yourself.
If presented with variant forms of your name, select "Request to merge authours" and request a correction.

Please contact Paul Murphy for more information.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Evidence Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation

The EBRSR was designed to be an up-to-date review of the current evidence in stroke rehabilitation, related to the effectiveness of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. It continues to expand as the stroke rehabilitation literature continues to grow at a seemingly exponential rate.  The EBRSR website continues to do well with visits from 139 countries over the past two years.  The EBRSR now includes in-depth reviews of well over 2000 studies including 1,078 randomized controlled trials.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Open Access OA: publishing and self archiving.

The Open Access movement has tremendous potential to transform access to clinical and scientific research. BioMedCentral, PubMedCentral and e-publications@RCSI have all had an immediate and positive impact on access to publications.

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

More on Open Access Week

OA resources here