Sharing your research outputs

Making your publications Open Access in SHURA or by publishing them ‘Gold’ Open access, guarantees the long-term preservation of your outputs so that future generations can access them.  This raises your profile and ensures that your work is shared in line with your publisher’s policies.  It also helps you to meet your funder and the REF Open Access requirements

You may wish to share your outputs through other routes, but please be aware that your publisher may restrict where you can share your work and which versions you can use.

Caution should be applied regarding what is revealed about research before publication. Many academic publishers will not accept pre-published work, including work that has been posted on the internet via blogs, social networks, etc.  The advice below applies to already published works.

Social Networks

You may wish to share your published work via social networking sites such as Academia and ResearchGate.  These are commercial companies who do not guarantee access and preservation to the items you upload, and who are keen to collect users’ information for their own purposes, which may include selling the data.  They are not replacements for making your work Open Access and using them does not meet funder or REF requirements.

When using sites such as Academia and ResearchGate, please make sure:

  • that you have deposited your output in SHURA using Elements not just on social networks
  • that your publisher allows you to upload your work to these social networking sites (remember they are commercial).  You can check your publisher’s Open Access policy via SHERPA Romeo.  Your publisher may not allow you to upload your work to commercial sites, even if it allows it to be deposited on SHURA (not for profit).  A good solution to this can be to link from the social network to your outputs on SHURA instead of uploading your full text to social network.
  SHURA Academia ResearchGate
Supports export or harvesting of your metadata and publications Yes No No
Guarantees long-term Open Access to your research outputs Yes No No
Supports the long-term preservation of your work Yes No No
Business model Not for profit
(institutional repository)
(sells job posting services, hope to sell data)

(sells ads and job posting services)

Fulfills the requirements of the SHU Open Access Publication policy Yes No No


Responding to requests for your research

You may receive requests for your published works, particularly if they are not available Open Access. Before sharing your work, check what your publisher allows you to do.

Many publishers offer information about their sharing  policies, although sometimes policies of journals from the same publisher can be different.  It is best to check what is allowed by your journal.

Below are some examples of sharing policies from some of the large academic publishers.