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Research & Postgraduate Students: Open Access


Benefits of Open Access

Open Access provides several advantages over traditional scholarly publication methods:

  • Greater Exposure.
  • Faster transmission.
  • Reduced cost Higher citation counts for authors.
  • Eliminates inequalities in access to knowledge.
  • Gives the taxpayer access to tax-funded research.

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What is Open Access?

Open Access is the free, immediate online availability of research articles.

OA research articles unlike those in conventional subscription journals, are free at the point of use to anyone with internet access without any cost or the need for institutional login or passwords

GMIT's Shared Institutional Repository


Is an open-access repository that was established in 2017. It was launched as a service for capturing, storing, preserving and showcasing the research output of all the Institutes of Technology in Ireland, whilst also providing a platform for their researchers/academic staff and students to publish and promote their work.

The Research@THEA repository is a free gateway to academic and qualitative research that can be accessed electronically at Here, you can search the entire collections/research output of all the Institutes of Technology in a single search or alternatively you can opt to search the research from a single Institute using the Institute's individual site.

What Can be Deposited in Research@THEA?

Research@THEA accepts the following scholarly materials:

  • Ph.D., Research/Taught Theses.
  • Research papers.
  • Book/Book chapters, Book reviews.
  • Journal Articles.
  • Technical Reports.
  • Working & Conference papers.
  • Any other scholarly materials.


The Digital Commons Network provides free access to full-text scholarly articles and other research from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide.

Popular OA Directories




Use the SHERPA/RoMEO database of publisher copyright policies & self-archiving to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.

Use it to find publishers or journals that permit deposit of a final version of a paper in a repository, such as PubMed or in an institutional repository, such as Research@THEA.

Galway 091-742785 | CCAM 091-745409
Mayo 094-9043146 | Letterfrack 091-742666