Open Access Awards

Left to right Aoife Lawton, Rachel Wilkinson, Des Crowley and Dr Ana Terre

HSE Open Access Research Awards 2020 

The 7th annual HSE Open Access Research Awards are now open for entry!

Celebrating Open Access

The HSE Open Access Research Awards were established in 2014 to encourage and reward open access publishing in the Irish health sector.

Submissions are invited from across a range of disciplines in health and social care.

About the Awards

The awards build on the HSE’s statement on Open Access publishing and the commitment to develop and promote open research. The award recognises health and social care professionals and those conducting research in the Irish health system. It is a route to promote research activity that improves the evidence and knowledge base underpinning our health services.

Open Access Awards 2020 – Acknowledging the Impact of  Covid19

Ordinarily the awards are judged across a number of categories, but given the massive impact of Covid-19 across Irish society it was felt that this year should be different. Since the beginning of the year Irish health workers and researchers have been working to fight, contain and defeat a new and deadly threat.

So instead of the usual range of categories, the 2020 awards will judge just one: research related to Covid-19. This research can cut across any health discipline, from social care to microbiology to nursing.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges with research experience and an overall winner will also be selected as representing the best of all submissions received. Winners receive a custom piece of glassware celebrating their achievement.

Criteria for Entry

Entries must fulfil the following criteria:

  • At least one author must be employed in the Irish health services
  • The research should be available in full text in an Open Access forum (and added to the Lenus repository, pre or post entry)

Entries close on Friday November 7th and the winners will be announced in December. Enquiries about the awards can be directed to

Enter the 2020 Awards Now

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