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About the Ulster Institutional Repository (UIR)

What is an Institutional Repository? What is the UIR?

Open Access

What is meant by the term Open Access? What are research funders' policies on Open Access? What are publishers' policies on Open Access? What is self-archiving?

Benefits of the UIR

What are the benefits of including my work in the UIR? What evidence is there that the UIR will improve my citation rates?


Who can deposit items in the UIR? What about co-authored/co-created work? Can items be deposited that were created before a member of staff became affiliated with Ulster? What happens to items in the UIR when a member of staff leaves Ulster?

Depositing Items

What type of research can be deposited in the UIR? What formats are accepted? I only have printed material. Can I submit this to the UIR? Can items be removed once they have been deposited in the UIR? What are the responsibilities of the creator who is depositing an item? Is special software required to upload materials? Why does metadata need to be attached to the items submitted to the UIR?


Will I be breaking copyright if I put my article in the UIR? How can I check who owns the copyright on my paper?

Usage and Impact

Who can view materials in the UIR? How will people find my article? Can I find out which of my articles is the most popular? Will the UIR encourage plagiarism?


Will my deposited items be available permanently in the UIR?