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BRAD is the University’s internal research database and aims to provide a comprehensive record of all publications for 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). It is only visible internally to registered Brunel researchers and research administrators. BURA is the university's institutional repository and showcases the publications in BRAD by making the full-text freely available to the public via the Internet, subject to copyright permissions. 


New academic staff must register for access to BRAD when their Brunel network username and password has been assigned. Please email brad@brunel.ac.uk with your job title, department and staff/payroll ID number. An account will then be be set up for you.

It is vital that academic staff keep their BRAD profile up-to-date and deposit all journal articles and published conference papers as soon as they receive an acceptance notification from the publisher. This is to ensure compliance with HEFCE's OA Policy for the next REF. More information about this policy and what academics need to do to keep their research REF eligibile can be found via the Open Access and REF 2021 page.

For general assistance relating to BRAD please consult the BRAD Libguide or see the 'How do I deposit in BRAD?' page . If you have further questions please email brad@brunel.ac.uk and a staff member from the library's Scholarly Communication Office will assist you.


Brunel University Research Archive (BURA) showcases Brunel's research outputs. Research contained within BURA is open access, although some publications may be subject to publisher imposed embargoes. All awarded PhD theses are also archived on BURA.   

Academic staff are not issued with user accounts for BURA, instead they must deposit their publications in BRAD which will allow staff in the library's Scholarly Communication Office to check for copyright restrictions and embargo periods before making publications available open access.

For a full list of institutional repositories please consult the Directory of Open Access Repositories, OpenDOAR.