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Open Access Publications

What is Open Access?

“By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”
 - The Budapest Open Access Initiative


What is an institutional repository?

An institutional repository is a place to store digital copies of scholarly work and make these materials freely and easily accessible. It is designed to collect the work of a particular institution (usually a university or college), as opposed to a subject or department specific repository.

Institutional Repository

MIRR  (Mary Immaculate Research Repository) – provides open access to scholarly research in MIC

If you wish to contribute to MIRR, contact Emma O’Connor


Authors must read carefully any copyright agreements that they have signed if the works they are depositing have been previously published or are about to be published. Different publishers have different policies.  Copyright policies of publishers can be searched using the SHERPA/RoMEO service.


DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals -  Open Access journals are journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access.

SPARC  Europe - SPARC Europe collaborates with the international SPARC organisation based in Washington D.C. It is an alliance of European research libraries, library organizations and research institutions working to bring about change in scholarly communication.

OpenDOAR – Directory of open access repositories worldwide

OAlster   - More than 50 million records representing digital resources from more than 2,000 contributors