Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
AC-11: Open Access to Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Gesche Kindermann
Lecturer - Microbiology
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Does the institution offer repository hosting that makes versions of journal articles, book chapters, and other peer-reviewed scholarly works by its employees freely available on the public internet?:

Website URL where the open access repository is available:
A brief description of the open access repository:

ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) is our institutional repository supporting Green Open Access publishing. The Green route provides open access publication at no cost to the researcher. ARAN is based on the software DSpace and as of September 2020 had attracted nearly nine million hits (downloads and page views). The repository hosts 13,302 publications including 9,184 articles, 46 books and 395 chapters.

More information can be found at https://libguides.library.nuigalway.ie/openaccesspublishing/aran

Does the institution have a published policy that requires its employees to publish scholarly works open access or archive final post-peer reviewed versions of scholarly works in an open access repository?:

A copy of the institution's open access policy:
The institution's open access policy:

NUI Galway’s policy on Open Access to Research Outputs (attached above), adopted by the Academic Council in October 2015, aims to promote open access to the University’s publications.

Authors of peer-reviewed articles and peer-reviewed conference papers resulting from research carried out at NUI Galway must deposit a copy in the ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) repository.

ARAN enables easy discovery of publications through global search engines such as Google and complements IRIS by linking from author profiles to the full text of University publications.

Does the policy cover the entire institution? :

Does the institution provide an open access article processing charge (APC) fund for employees?:

A brief description of the open access APC fund:

NUI Galway does not have an APC fund for individual articles. NUI Galway is part of the consortium IReL that has a number of transformative agreements in place that enable NUI Galway authors to publish Gold Open Access without paying APCs for individual articles:

Does the institution provide open access journal hosting services through which peer-reviewed open access journals are hosted on local servers with dedicated staff who provide publishing support at no (or minimal) cost?:

A brief description of the open access journal hosting services:

No, there is currently no such service in place that would centrally provide an OA journal platform, however, this is under consideration.

There are however discipline specific efforts at NUIG that are not managed by the Library, e.g. An Reiviú, a peer-reviewed online journal that is published yearly with MA students; see: http://leannteangaanreiviu.com/.

Estimated percentage of peer-reviewed scholarly works published annually by the institution’s employees that are deposited in a designated open access repository:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for open access is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


Data has been supplied to us from our library and ARAN staff and in 2019 4412 publications were authored by NUIG employees and 886, or 20%, of these were uploaded to ARAN.

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