FAQs about BRAD and BURA

What is the difference between BURA and BRAD?

BRAD is the university’s publications database and aims to provide a comprehensive list of all of Brunel’s research publications. It is only visible to registered Brunel researchers. BURA disseminates and showcases the publications in BRAD by making the full-text freely available to the public via the internet, subject to copyright permissions.


What is the Brunel Open Access Mandate?

In September 2009 Senate implemented the mandate that “From January 2010, all staff are expected to place new research publications in the University’s research archive, BURA, subject to publishers’ copyright permissions”.


How do I add my publications to BRAD and BURA?

There is information on how to login to BRAD, using BRAD for the first time and to the database on the university’s intranet site. You add content to BURA via BRAD. From your publications summary page click on the Full Text tab for the relevant publication; from there you can check the copyright permissions to find out which version you can add to BURA and then upload the relevant document and grant the necessary permissions.


What about copyright?

It is ultimately an author’s responsibility to check the copyright permissions for each publication. In most cases the publisher will own the copyright of the article and so the full-text can only be made available via BURA if allowed by the publishers’ permissions. You can check the copyright status of your papers via the Full Text tab in BRAD or by using the SHERPA-RoMEO website. The publisher’s policy will indicate which version of an article can be added to BURA and any other restrictions, e.g. any embargo periods, etc.

If you want to ensure that all of your papers can be added to BURA you can ask publishers for a Licence to publish rather than signing their standard copyright transfer agreement. The JISC and SURF (the equivalent organisation in the Netherlands) have created a licence to publish that you can use to retain the copyright in your own works while giving the journal or book publisher the rights to publish. The site also provides sample wording for various options in case you or your publisher would like to amend a publishing agreement in certain circumstances.

Granting permission to include your paper(s) in BURA does not affect the copyright.


Which versions of my publications should I add to BURA?

Publishers generally allow one of three versions of an article to be added to BURA: Pre-print, the version of the paper before peer review Post-print, the final author version of the paper after peer review, with revisions having been made, but without any formatting or branding by the publisher The published pdf version Ideally you should keep each version of your article until the permitted version has been archived in BURA.


What kind of material can be deposited in BURA?

The BURA Content Policy specifies the types of materials that can be added to BURA. Teaching materials are not generally added to BURA; these can be archived in JORUM, a free online repository service for teaching and support staff.


What types of files can I add to BURA?

BURA supported file formats can be found here


How can I get funding to publish in open access journals?

You can apply to the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund for money to publish an article in either an open access journal or in a hybrid journal (traditional journal that provides an open access option).


What happens if I leave the University?

If you leave Brunel University, your papers in BURA will be retained for perpetuity.


How do I find out more?

For further information, please contact Carolyn Bailey or e-mail bura-manager@brunel.ac.uk

Page last updated: Tuesday 20 March 2012