Research & Innovation – Open Access Research

Research Innovation – Supporting Open Access Research  

Research is managed and made available through Lenus, the Irish Health Repository. Lenus is Ireland’s primary repository for health 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. It also includes administrative, clinical and regulatory publications which background and context on Irish healthcare.

More about Lenus and Open Access Publishing

HSE and Open Access Research

The HSE supports Open Access Publication and an open approach to research in 5 key ways:

  1. The HSE is a member of the National Steering Group on Open Access Publishing in Ireland
  2. The HSE via the Dr. Steevens’ Library, manages Lenus, an Open Access Repository
  3. The HSE set up an Open Access Research Advisory Group in 2013
  4. The HSE has a position statement on Open Access Publication which applies to all HSE Employees
  5. The HSE established the annual HSE Open Access Research Awards in 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. OA 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.

Definition of Open Access Publishing:

The Budapest Open Access Publishing Statement Released February 14, 2002 defines an open access publication as “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. “

Benefits of Open Access 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

Making your Research Open via Lenus 

Lenus facilitates Open Access for health researchers and organisations across Ireland. Follow these steps to make your work Open Access via Lenus or contact to talk to one of the Lenus team about Open Research practices.

HSE QA Statements

FAQ Open Access