LSE Research Online
1. What is LSE Research Online?
LSE Research Online aims to be a complete database of research produced by LSE Staff.
Our mission is to:
- include citations to the work of all LSE academic and support staff
- provide Open Access to full text research where permitted by publishers and copyright law
- provide stable links to published items and items not held by LSE Research Online
- be a reliable source of information on LSE research for all audiences
- preserve research for posterity
- openly share its information with internal and external services, such as
LSE Experts and Google.
2. What does LSE Research Online contain?
The following list summarises the types of research the repository contains.
We can accept research from LSE Academic and non-Academic staff members, as well
as LSE PhD research students.
- Articles – accepted and submitted versions
- Articles – published version
- Working Papers
- Book Chapters
- Conference items
- Newspaper Articles
- Website items
- Research Blogs
3. What is School policy on LSE Research Online?
In June 2008 the Academic Board agreed that:
- all LSE research outputs (subject to an opt out by authors in cases where
commercial or academic considerations make inclusion inappropriate) will be
entered into LSE Research Online.
- LSE Research Online is made as useful as possible by the inclusion of abstracts
and electronic links to journal articles or publishers' websites.
- authors will be encouraged to provide full-text deposits of journal articles in
pre-publication form, clearly labelled as such, alongside references to
- research outputs included in LSE Research Online will appear in LSE
Experts profiles automatically, thereby reusing data collected by LSE
4. Why should my work be in LSE Research Online?
For a summary of the way in which adding citations and full text versions
aids in the dissemination of research, please follow the link to download a
graphical representation showing how
LSE Research Online and an LSE Experts profile maximises your research
visibility. For further information and advice please email email@example.com
What is LSE Research Online not?
- An open access journal in its own right - see the
Directory of Open Access Journals for
more information on these
- Attempting to play the same role as a peer-reviewed journal
- Likely to increase plagiarism. A huge proportion of research
material is already available electronically. Open access allows instances of
plagiarism to be detected and checked more easily.
6. Who manages LSE Research Online?
- LSE Library manages LSE Research Online on behalf of the School as a whole.
- We have taken advice from interested
parties within LSE and inspiration from examples of best practice across the
- Library staff managing the repository
are information professionals with experience of working with researchers and of
creating high quality catalogue and index records.
7. How to I deposit my work in LSE Research Online?
- We rely on academics to provide details of publications they wish to include in the repository. Email your research output or publication details to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Library staff will complete bibliographic details and add the full text
- Academic staff are welcome to add their own papers. Bibliographic
details will be checked by Library staff before a paper is made publicly
available. If a research output or publication has one or more LSE co-authors, all these LSE co-authors must give their permission to deposit in the respository.
What is the LSE Research Online deposit agreement?
By depositing your work in LSE Research Online, you (the author(s), copyright owner or assignee), grant a non-exclusive licence to the LSE on behalf of the British Library of Political and Economic Science for the duration of applicable copyright that warrants:
- You are the owner of the copyright in the whole Work(s) (including content and layout) or are duly authorised by the owner(s), or the holder(s) of these rights, and have the authority to make this agreement, and give LSE Research Online the right to publish the Work(s) in its repository.
- That the Work(s) is/are original and does not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe copyright or the other rights of any other person or party, nor does it/do they contain libellous or defamatory material.
- That if the Work(s) has/have been commissioned, sponsored or supported by any organisation you represent, you have fulfilled any obligations required by such contract or agreement.
The Repository's Rights and Responsibilities - LSE Research Online:
- May make copies of the Work(s) (including the abstract(s)) available worldwide, in electronic format via any medium for the lifetime of the repository, or as negotiated with the repository administrator, for the purpose of free access without charge.
- May electronically store, translate, copy, or re-arrange the Work(s) to ensure its/their future preservation and accessibility within the lifetime of the repository, that is, to ensure it can be read by computer system in the future, unless notified by the depositor that specific restrictions apply.
- May incorporate metadata or documentation into public access catalogues for the Work(s). A citation/citations to the Work(s) will always remain visible in the repository during its lifetime.
- Shall not be under any obligation to take legal action on behalf of the Depositor or other rights holders in the event of breach of intellectual property rights or any other right in the material deposited
- Shall not be under any obligation to reproduce, transmit, broadcast, or display the Work(s) in the same format or software as that in which it was/they were originally created.
- May share usage statistics giving details of numbers of downloads and other statistics with internal staff at LSE.
- Copyright in any additional data, software, user guides and documentation to assist users in using the Work(s) shall belong to LSE Research Online on behalf of the British Library of Political and Economic Science and any other parties that LSE Research Online may choose to enter in an agreement with to produce such materials.
- While every care will be taken to preserve the Work, LSE Research Online is not liable for loss or damage to the Work(s) or associated data while it is stored within the repository.
9. What about copyright?
- Full text publications placed in the repository are covered by copyright law and clear conditions of use are displayed on the web pages associated with the documents. Readers will have no more rights to copy and download than in any other publication.
Readers are made aware that documents may be protected by both foreign and UK copyright law, and that documents may not be downloaded for any commercial purpose.
- The Library is working with the many publishers who now permit the archiving of articles in institutional repositories, to comply with any stipulations that publishers make with regard to making articles available open access.
- Authors are increasingly scrutinising copyright transfer agreements and choosing to retain copyright of their works. It is now common for authors to license the publisher to publish their work, rather than signing away their copyright.
- Find out your publisher's position using the
RoMEO website or
by checking the agreement you signed. The Library will help if you are not
10. What version of my work will LSE Research Online contain?
Authors are encouraged to deposit work in pre-publication form, clearly
labelled as such, alongside web references to publications. This will ensure
your work is accessible to all but still closely associated with the
publication that contains the published version. Where available LSE
Research Online contains links to an article's DOI
and the homepage of the journal or publisher website, ensuring the
published version is clearly identified to users of the repository.
General enquiries and to deposit your research:
LSE Research Online
LSE Research Online Manager:
Your department's Academic Support Librarian
For a glossary of the terminology employed when discussing
open access, please see the Open
13. About this software
This site is powered by EPrints 3, free software developed by the University of Southampton. Other institutions are invited (and encouraged) to set up their own open archives for author
self-archiving, using the freely-distributable
GNU EPrints software used at this site. For more information see eprints.org and
software.eprints.org. LSE Research
Online supports the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.