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Jane Millar studies Opus watched by Kara Jones and Howard Nicholson
Jane Millar studies Opus under the guidance of Kara Jones and Howard Nicholson...
...then Deputy Vice-Chancellor Kevin Edge tries his hand!
...then Deputy Vice-Chancellor Kevin Edge tries his hand!

Internal News - 03 February 2009

Launch of the University research publications repository - Opus

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Jane Millar, introduced the Opus service to the University today, Tuesday 3 February.

Opus is an Online Publications Store, or repository that collects and hosts the research publications of University of Bath authors.

Currently there are over 12,000 references in the system, including journal articles, books and book sections, conference items, patents, reports and working papers, and research degree theses. Some of these items, including the theses, are available in full-text.

Like many other universities in the UK and abroad, the University has developed the repository service to help strengthen the promotion and preservation of research outputs.

Describing the service as a way to enhance the visibility of Bath publications, Professor Millar emphasised that the transfer of knowledge and the impact of our research is essential for the University, to its community and collaborators.

Making research publications openly accessible also meets funder requirements for the dissemination of publicly funded work, and helps increase the visibility of Bath outputs, providing a ‘shop window’ for scholarly communication.

Professor Millar said: "We have a strong focus on research with an impact, research that makes a difference, research that engages with important issues around the world, and we need to make that available to people who want to read about it, and want to know about it."

Using the Eprints repository software, Opus is based on international standards that make it easier for search services such as Google to find and harvest publication details. Opus also hosts the University of Bath PhD and research degree e-theses, and participates in the British Library Ethos service for improving access to research theses in the UK.

As well as encouraging authors to upload their research publications to Opus, Research Publications Librarian Kara Jones also outlined the assistance available to Bath researchers.

This includes training to use Opus to store publications, information on document versions, and alternatives to Copyright Transfer Agreements from publishers. The aim, she said, was "to give both authors and publishers the rights needed to maximise the dissemination and communication of research publications".