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Research Publishing & Impact: Researcher Networks

Using Researcher Networks

The Research Repositories, Networks and Social Media tools listed below will help you to get your research 'out there'.

Research Repositories

Digital repositories are a way to showcase, preserve, disseminate and make scholarly works, and their data, freely accessible online.

They are useful in helping researchers comply with funder mandates on the accessibility of research data.

Repositories are usually maintained by discipline, agency or institution, e.g.

  • arXiv (physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computer science, quantitative biology)
  • grant funding agencies create and maintain their own repositories to preserve and disseminate the research they support
  • societies
  • universities



OUR Archive (Otago University Research Archive) - our Institutional Repository and gateway to deposit, collect, manage and share research outputs from University of Otago staff and postgraduate students, e.g. Article pre-prints and manuscripts, technical reports, conference proceedings, posters, data sets, creative work, software, theses and dissertations.

Institutional Repositories compliment traditional research publishing models. They also offer a range of benefits:

  • Safe storage: your research is stored in a secure and stable environment
  • Accessibility: access to your research can be managed and measured
  • Greater discovery / exposure: your research will be more visible to a wider audience because it can be found by Google and Google Scholar
  • Tracking use: IRs track how often your research is viewed and downloaded (useful for funding and job applications or promotion)

Depositing Your Thesis - video tutorial

Deposit your Thesis 

Learn more about depositing your research in OUR Archive (pdf guide)

Benefits of OUR Archive - interview with Dr Janet Stephenson, CSAFE Director

OUR Archive usage statistics indicate how many people have viewed your work and where they have viewed it from.

 Check out the latest research that has been added to OUR Archive:

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Researcher Network Places and Tools

Research networks or communities differ from repositories, with their research outputs, by including connections and collaborations, like personal profiles, links to organisations, upcoming conferences and blog sites.

Ensure that you own the copyright of your article, or that you have permission from your publisher before sharing articles through your research networks.




Samuel White: Social Media Adviser - is responsible for facilitating the use of social media university-wide, and enhancing the University’s outputs and interactions online. For more information see the Social Media advice webpage     

University of Otago Social Media Guidelines - These guidelines cover the setting up and use of social media accounts by staff in the course of their employment.