9th October – A warning – it appears that, according to some sources, publishers Elsevier and the American Chemical Society are taking action against authors who have posted published versions, of their articles, or accepted documents without embargo, on ResearchGate.  You are advised to check the copyright on any documents you have posted.  If in doubt, link to the Repository version instead.

There are no new notifications at this time.

Guidance for new staff:-

Welcome!  We would like to help you by curating your work in a central point.  To start, we will be using ORCID to connect your work in the future; please could you go to the link below and click on ‘Register with the Institutional Implementation’ to either link an existing ORCID profile to us or create one to link.


Next, please make records of all of your work in the Lincoln Repository


If you have work in another repository, in Scopus or as a list of DOIs, there is guidance for shortcuts to making records at the bottom of this page:-


Records will be checked by us, which may take a few days, and then will appear on your profile.  If we’ve missed anything, or you have any queries, please contact us at

Lincoln Information

  • College of Science Research Bulletins are posted here

Blogs and other sources of information about Open Access and Scholarly Communication matters:-

Tips for finding article information

If you have some of the information about an article, but don’t know the rest, you might be able to find it at  This is particularly useful if you have your title but you don’t know if your article is published yet.

If you have a DOI you may be able to find an Open Access copy of an article at oadoi

Tips for finding article information

  • Datacite searchable directory of research data repositories
  • UK Research Data Discovery Service (Jisc project pilot)
  • Business and Local Government Data Research Centre data sources

Resources for Licensing

  • How to License your research data, from the DCC
  • Creative Commons licenses

23 October 2017 – The UK Scholarly Communications Licence has launched their new website today.  The Licence should be piloted early in 2018.

HEFCE have published new information about the forthcoming REF2012 assessment exercise, linked here, including the new units, and open access in environment and the units.  Details for outputs haven’t yet been determined so the latest is still as 2016, updates will be posted here as they are available.