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.

Access BRAD (Brunel staff only)

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 upon acceptance for publication.

Access BURA

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 RCUK, HEFCE and Brunel's open access mandates and policies as well as those of many other research funders.

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


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. See ORCID for more details.

Open access at Brunel

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 an Open Access Mandate that came into force in January 2010. The Mandate was revised in 2013 to incorporate RCUK and HEFCE open access requirements.

The Open Access Mandate and Research Integrity Code which includes the University's policies on open access and research data management have been published. Under the Mandate all staff are expected to place new research publications in BRAD upon acceptance for publication, and archive them in BURA.

To meet open access requirements, when you publish journal articles and papers you should either choose a free to publish (Green) open access journal, or select the publisher's Gold open access option, 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 UK REF submission.

Unless you are publishing in a free-to-publish (Green) journal or charges are waived, either you, your College or Institute will be asked to pay Article Publication Charges (Gold). To ease the transition to open access, Research Councils UK gave research intensive universities, including Brunel, a block grant specifically to pay Gold OA publication fees, which has been used to set up an Open Access Publishing Fund.

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Page last updated: Thursday 18 June 2015