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LSE Research Online-FAQs

1. What is LSE Research Online?

If you are searching for LSE expertise, please use the LSE Experts Directory part of the new Research and expertise website.

2. What does LSE Research Online contain?

3. Why did we set up an online open access repository?

4. How strongly does LSE endorse the repository?

In June 2008 the Academic Board agreed that:

  1. 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.
  2. LSE Research Online is made as useful as possible by the inclusion of abstracts and electronic links to journal articles or publishers' websites.
  3. authors will be encouraged to provide full-text deposits of journal articles in pre-publication form, clearly labelled as such, alongside references to publications.

5. Why should my work be in LSE Research Online?

6. What is LSE Research Online not?

7. Who manages LSE Research Online?

8. How is material added to LSE Research Online?

9. How much work do researchers need to do?

Very little! Library staff work to make the deposit process as seamless as possible. The responsibilities of researchers are as follows:

Researchers also must conform to the following:

10. What are the responsibilities of the Library?

The Library will ensure that LSE Research Online:

11. What about copyright?

12. 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.

For full guidance on versions for authors, please see the VERSIONS toolkit for researchers.

13. What is the future of LSE Research Online?

Library staff are investigating the optimum methods for long term preservation. In the digital environment this is a complex issue and one which publishers are not formally addressing. We feel it is important that LSE research output remains highly visible and accessible in the long term. We are also keen to include as many full text versions of LSE authors’ work as is possible, to expose LSE’s world-class research outputs.

14. Contacts

General enquiries and to deposit your research:
LSE Research Online

LSE Research Online manager
Lucy Ayre

Your department's Liaison Librarian

15. Glossary:

A means whereby the user can prove who they are, for example, a bona fide member of LSE.

Searching across two or more sources such as databases at the same time with a single search.

Institutional repository
An open access archive, maintained by the institution and usually containing items resulting from research at that institution.

Data describing data. A library catalogue is an example of metadata records about books and so on.

Open access
Made available via the world wide web to anyone with internet access. No barriers to access such as a password or payment. An open access repository is not the same as an open access journal.

Version Glossary

Early version circulated as work in progress

Submitted Version
The version that has been submitted to a journal for peer review

Accepted Version
The author-created version that incorporates referee comments and is the accepted for publication version

Published Version
The publisher-created published version

Updated Version
A version updated since publication

Contact Information

Any correspondence concerning this specific archive should be sent to the LSE Research Online team (, or to the repository manager, Lucy Ayre

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 and

Technologies employed and supported:

Powered by: MySQL, Apache Webserver, PERL, mod_perl, XML, DOM, ParaCite, GNU EPrints.

Supports: Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, VLit Transclusions, Valid XHTML, Valid CSS.

Part of: The GNU Project.

Footnotes to the main body of this page

[1] Lynch, Clifford, (2003). Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age. ARL (Association of Research Libraries), Bimonthly Report 226, February 2003. Available at [Accessed 10.12.04]

[2] A growing body of evidence demonstrates that work that is freely available is cited more frequently and also has greater impact. For example the article by Antelman, K., (2004). Do open-access articles have a greater research impact? College and Research Libraries. September. pp. 372 - 382 concludes that "this study indicates that, across a variety of disciplines, open-access articles have a greater research impact than articles that are not freely available.

[3] Great Britain (2004) House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee. Tenth Report. 2003-2004 session. Scientific publications: Free for all? Available at [Accessed 10.12.04]