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The Directory of Open Access Repositories is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. As well as providing a simple repository list, OpenDOAR lets you search for repositories or search repository contents.


Queen Mary Research Online is QMUL’s institutional research repository; it holds a mixture of open and closed access content. The repository contains articles, book chapters, reports, theses, datasets, podcasts and more. 


A repository holding content in high energy physics, mathematics, computer science.


A repository holding biological and biochemical sciences content.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.


Research Papers in Economics is a database holding economics and finance related text - including working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers.

PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central

Holds content in health and health-related sciences.


COnnecting REpositories aggregates open access content from repositories and journals worldwide; facilitating free, unrestricted access to research for all. It provides a range of services including discovery, analytics, and text mining access. 


Directory of Open Access Journals is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.


Directory of Open Access Books promotes the discoverability of open access books.

OAPEN Library

The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books.

Creative Commons licences 

A helpful guide breaking down the different licences available for your work.

Jisc are a UK higher education, further education and skills sectors’ not-for profit organisation for digital services and solutions.

SHERPA based at the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham provide the following useful services.

  • SHERPA FACT checks if compliance with funder open access policies can be achieved with a particular journal.
  • SHERPA JULIET enables researchers and librarians to see funders’ conditions for open access publication.
  • SHERPA RoMEO enables researchers and librarians to see publishers’ conditions for open access archiving on a journal-by-journal basis.
  • SHERPA REF checks if the journal in which you wish to publish (or have published in) allows you to comply with the REF requirements for open access to research. This service is still currently in beta version.

Think. Check. Submit. 

Helps you choose trusted journals by offering a simple checklist that you can use to assess the credentials of a journal or publisher.


Researchfish provides support for the reporting of outcomes and impacts of research.


ORCID is an open, non-profit community that provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Key contacts in QMUL

A directory of key contacts of services within QMUL to support researchers here.

Support for QMUL researchers

Professional Services and other support for QMUL researchers, and further information for particular needs, are provided by a range of sources to support your needs regarding research grants, business development, innovation, researcher development and more.

Research Support within IT services

The ITS Research group provide computing facilities, support and resources to assist researchers in performing cutting-edge research at Queen Mary. They offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of researchers across the three faculties: Humanities and Social SciencesScience and Engineering; and Medicine and Dentistry

Research Data Management Support 

Queen Mary has a Research Data Management and Access policy, approved in May 2013. The Research Data Management Group, formed in May 2014, is tasked with implementing and expanding research data management and curation services and resources. For help on managing your research data, contact


The Digital Curation Centre provides a tool to help with outlining and developing a data management plan via DMPOnline; the tool contains plan templates for a variety of funding bodies, pre-formatted with the specific questions that would be required to be answered as part of a grant application.

Joint Research Management Office (JRMO)

JRMO is a joint office between Queen Mary and Barts Health NHS Trust. It provides pre- and post-award support for research grants. Research Professional is a dedicated tailorable/searchable funding database that QMUL academics have access to through a QMUL-funded subscription.

Queen Mary Innovation (QMI)

QMI negotiate agreements with industry to commercialise innovations arising from the Queen Mary research base, including licensing and other royalty bearing agreements, in order to ensure the effective translation of our research for societal and economic impact. QMI also coordinate and manage our innovation-related funding schemes – for example the Proof of Concept and Impact Accelerator programmes. See the internal QMI website for further information.