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Open Access Research Publishing: Lenus

This is a guide to open access pubilshing in the heatlh services.


LENUS: the Irish Health Repository

About Lenus

‚ÄčLENUS is the Irish health research repository – managed by the staff of Dr Steevens' Library. It is a comprehensive source for Irish Health research (over 29k items). It also fulfills the HSE’s Open Access statement by providing a route for Irish health researchers to make their work available via the ‘green’ open access route.

There are two ways Lenus can benefit you in your work :

  • 1. Use Lenus as a source for finding work by Irish researchers, health and social care organisations (over 130 organisations contribute to Lenus).
  • 2. Submit your work to Lenus and make it available in open access (this fulfills any funder Open Access mandate requirements). Any Irish researcher can add their work to Lenus by archiving your publisher approved pre or post print to Lenus (just select the ‘submit’ option on the Lenus home page.   

Benefits of adding your work to Lenus :

  • Wider dissemination (Lenus had 2.7 million searches in 2017 & items are more discoverable in Google).
  • Increased citation rates (evidence of citation advantage for open access articles - 2016 Study by Archambault et al linked Open Access publication to an increase of up to 50% in citation rates over subscription accessed journals).  
  • Publicly funded research & research of public interest available without paywalls or subscriptions.      


Open Access

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