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We can advise and support you on all these issues. In the unlikely event we are unable to answer your query we will direct you to someone in the University who can.

Who are we?

Research Services is a division of the Library and Learning Centre, Culture and Information Directorate and our remit is to provide support based on these key themes: 

  • Open Access:  funding and administrative support to ensure your work is as accessible as possible. 
  • REF 2021: a mediated deposit service to ensure compliance with HEFCE’s Open Access Policy. 
  • Discovery Research Portal (the institutional repository): training and support, using Pure software, to ensure your Discovery Research profile is up to date. This includes, when possible, importing metadata from your previous institution. 
  • Research Data Management: assistance with data management planning and funder requirements and compliance. 
  • Research Postgraduate Theses: final stage archiving in Discovery and embargo maintenance. 

We can also provide information about ORCiD, intellectual property and copyright, ResearchFish and the provision of DOIs for data and publications. 

New staff member?

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Look out for an email to your University Dundee email address from Research Services inviting you to an induction session on Open access, REF and the University's Institutional Repository, Discovery Research Portal.

We can come to your office on campus or you can come in to meet the Research Services team in the Main Library during a time that is convenient for you.

Need help adding your back catalogue of research outputs to the research portal? 

We can do this on your behalf.

Group training required?

Staff and postgraduate research students can request tailored training sessions for individuals and for groups. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact so we can arrange this for you.


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Do you have an ORCID?

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Some funders mandate an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) as a condition of your grant most notably Wellcome Trust and NIHR.

Research Services strongly advise you get one to distinguish yourself from other authors with the same name as you.

Did you know your research outputs in Discovery can be pushed out to ORCID? 

This handy LibGuide on ORCID can help.

Make sure you take your research with you wherever you may end up in the world!

Need an alternative to traditional metrics?

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Try Altmetrics Explorer for Institutions (or Alternative metrics) which complements traditional metrics such as 'times cited' counts displayed in databases like Web of Science and Scopus. Measure how your research is making an impact in social media and the Web.

See Altmetric at Dundee LibGuide for further information.

Discovery Research Portal

We provide training and support on how to use Discovery Research Portal, the University of Dundee's digital repository. Pure is the software that underpins the portal.

It provides a comprehensive source of information covering all aspects of the University’s research activities and outputs, in a single location.

Types of written content range from peer-reviewed articles and conference papers, books, chapters and theses. Where possible, a full-text version of the work is made available for download.

In addition, research datasets, images, multimedia, software and other types of research activities can also be recorded, deposited and shared publicly.

Policies which govern the use of the Discovery Research Portal.

Discovery Research Portal homepage.

Research Data Management

Did you know researchers are now expected to produce a Data Management Plan (DMP) by both Research Funders and their institutions?  

Need advice on the following?

  • Writing your DMP
  • Funder's data policies
  • Data storage
  • Depositing your data
  • Sharing your data/ assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOI's)
  • Licensing data
  • Data across statements

Email to make an appointment with Philippa Sterlini for more support and help.

For further information go to our Research Data Management webpages.

Archiving your research thesis

PhD and Research Masters students at the University of Dundee are required to submit one digital copy of their thesis to Discovery Research Portal upon completion of their final examination and once all corrections have been approved. Prior to archiving, the Thesis Deposit Agreement (TDA) must be completed by the student in collaboration with their supervisor. Failure to do so may delay the validation of the thesis.Things to consider: ​

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Contact us

Where are Research Services based?

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Library and Learning Centre (LLC)

University of Dundee

Main Library

Smalls Wynd



Require funding for open access and are funded by COAF or UKRI?

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Need help funding Gold open access? We administer block grants for COAF and UKRI to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs). For more information, see our Open Access Funding libguide or email for more details.