During our visits around the university departments it became clear that removing the ‘PDF-only’ restriction and allowing a number of different file formats to be uploaded to ORO (especially Word files) would be extremely useful and a time-saver for those who do not have access to PDF convertors. As a result we have recently improved the upload process so that researchers can now upload a wider range of file types.
The aim behind this recent move is to encourage our researchers to always upload the final accepted manuscript (whatever format it is in) and leave it to library staff to check the copyright of the full-text submitted, enter any embargo, and convert the paper to PDF.
There is a growing amount of evidence that making the full-text of a paper available on an open access repository like ORO can improve your chances of being cited. Therefore it is important that researchers continually add their full-text to ORO, especially since the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF) will be based partly on bibliometrics. The message is simple – always send us your full-text and leave it to us to decide if it can be used.
We are very happy to add documents to existing records on ORO. Please direct these or any questions about the deposit process or copyright to the ORO Team.
There are lots more developments happening in the world of ORO – watch this space for more information!