Managing your research profile

Brunel University London is a research-intensive university, ranked 33rd in among UK universities for research power following the results of REF 2014. In order to maintain this momentum and maximise the visibility of all our research, all academic staff are encouraged to use BRAD and BURA to manage their research profiles and ensure that their publications are as widely disseminated as possible. Doing so effectively is increasingly important to funding bodies and government and helps to generate research impact.

Brunel Research Database (BRAD)

BRAD is the University’s internal research database and aims to provide a comprehensive record of all publications for all research staff. Data from BRAD is also used to produce up-to-date research profiles for academic staff on the University website and is used to prepare submissions for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). New staff must register for access to BRAD when their Brunel network username and password has been assigned.

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Brunel University London Research Archive (BURA)

BURA provides a showcase for the University’s research publications by making the full-text freely available via the Internet, subject to copyright permissions. Archiving in BURA is not intended to be an alternative to standard publication but is a complementary approach to disseminate Brunel’s research outputs as widely as possible. BURA provides free access to over 8000 full-text publications and doctoral theses.

You do not deposit content in BURA directly. BURA is linked to BRAD making it easier for you to archive your content. When you add publications to BRAD, the Research Publications team will check the copyright status and embargo periods of all publications and make them visible in BURA. Authors should simply upload the full and final peer-reviewed text to BRAD as soon as it has been accepted for publication to remain REF eligible.

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Why should your publications be in BURA?

  • It provides a permanent showcase for your research;
  • BURA improves the dissemination, visibility and impact of your research publications (studies have shown that open access articles are cited more often than articles that are only available in subscription-based sources);
  • Including your publications in BURA helps to ensure that you comply with University and funder open access mandates and policies.

In addition to institutional repositories like BURA there are also subject-specific repositories which may also be appropriate for disseminating your research. 

Make your research more visible with ORCID

You can also create a non-proprietary personal ORCID identifier to help maximise the visibility and influence of your research, once you're logged into BRAD, or link an existing ORCID identifier to your BRAD account. For more details, see the FAQ What is ORCID and how do I get an ORCID ID? 

Open access at Brunel

The University's Open Access Mandate and Research Integrity Code include the University's policies on open access to research publications and data.

The University is committed to making as much of its research output freely available via open access mechanisms as possible. In 2009 University Senate approved the Open Access Mandate which came into force in January 2010. The Mandate was revised in 2013 to incorporate RCUK and HEFCE open access requirements.

Staff are expected to comply with funder open access requirements and place new research publications in BRAD upon acceptance for publication where they will be archived in BURA, subject to publisher policies and embargo periods. 

When you publish journal articles and papers, you should either choose a free to publish (Green) open access journal, or select the publisher's paid open access option (Gold), which allows your research to be instantly available. This will ensure that you comply with funder policy and that your research is later eligible for REF submission.

The University receives funding from RCUK specifically to pay Gold OA publication fees for publications which acknowledge RCUK funding. Funding may also be available for other researchers. See Open Access Publishing Fund and Open Access Publishing

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Page last updated: Tuesday 07 March 2017