Research & Innovation

Research:
Research is managed and made available through Lenus, the Irish Health Repository. Lenus is Ireland’s foremost repository for health services research and grey literature. It was launched in 2009 and is managed by the National Health Library and Knowledge Service, Dr. Steevens’ Library, Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin.
Lenus makes available the research output of the many organisations providing healthcare in the Republic of Ireland, along with their administrative, clinical and regulatory publications which together provide the background and context for Irish healthcare.

Open Access Research:
The HSE supports Open Access Publication in 5 key ways:

The HSE is a member of the National Steering Group on Open Access Publishing in Ireland
The HSE via the Dr. Steevens’ Library, manages Lenus, an Open Access Repository.
The HSE set up an Open Access Research Advisory Group in 2013.
The HSE has a position statement on Open Access Publication which applies to all HSE Employees.
The HSE holds a HSE Open Access Research Awards event every year since 2014.

What is Open Access?
Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of high-quality, peer-reviewed research results with the potential to transform the way we communicate and deliver our healthcare service.

Open access publication has been defined separately by three statements known as the “BBB definition” which represents the “Budapest (Feb 2002), Bethesda (June 2003), and Berlin (Oct 2003) statements. Open access means unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. The definition of an Open Access Publication is:

Definition of Open Access Publishing
“one that is freely available on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. Open access to peer-reviewed journal literature is the goal.”
Budapest Open Access Publishing Statement Released February 14, 2002.

For more information please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document about the HSE’s Open Access Position Statement.

Benefits of OA Research
Accelerated discovery: With open access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.
Public enrichment: Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.
Improved education: Open access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world.

HSE QA Statments

FAQ Open Access