Monday, 19 October 2015

Newly upgraded ARAN is launched

This year the James Hardiman Library is participating in Open Access Week by launching the newly upgraded ARAN (Access to Research at NUI Galway) as well as by organizing a seminar about Open Access publishing. Seminar details and registration are available here

Open Access Week is a global event and an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access and to promote wider participation in open access publishing. Further details at

Open access publishing operates in parallel with conventional publication channels such as journals by making research outputs accessible free of charge online and without subscription barriers, sometimes after an agreed period has elapsed since initial publication. The benefits include increased visibility, usage and impact.

ARAN facilitates open access publishing for University authors by collecting, preserving and making freely available scholarly communication, including peer-reviewed articles, working papers and conference papers created by NUI Galway researchers. As well as increased visibility, usage and impact making your research available on ARAN  enables you to comply with the open access publishing requirements of funders. ARAN also provides for the long-term preservation of your publications in a unique collection of research output from NUI Galway.

The newly upgraded ARAN is now available at

New features include the display of usage data for each item alongside Scopus citations and Altmetrics information where available. Altmetrics provide data about the social media use of publications. The official published version of each article is now explicitly promoted in ARAN and search features have been enhanced to include discovery filters for author, subject, date issued and type.

For more information about ARAN and open access publishing at NUI Galway please contact
Trish Finnan, Digital Publishing and Data Management Librarian, tel: 091 495961 or email:

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