T-Stór Frequently Asked Questions

What is T-Stór? top

T-Stór is Teagasc’s Open Access Repository. Stór is the Gaelic word for Repository or Store or Warehouse, and T-Stór is an online store of Teagasc Research outputs and related documents. T-Stór collects, preserves and makes freely available scholarly communication, including peer-reviewed articles, working papers, reports, Technology Updates and conference papers created by Teagasc researchers. Where material has already been published it is made available subject to the open-access policies of the original publishers.:

What is Open Access? top

The Open Access movement promotes making freely available the results of research, without any payment having to be made by the user/reader of the article (in the form of a journal subscription or pay-per-view). Open Access literature is digital, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Open Access archives or repositories are digital collections of research articles that have been placed there by their authors. Open Access Repositories can hold digital versions of published articles and make them freely available. Subject to copyright authors can deposit copies or versions of their finished articles in repositories alongside their publication in normal peer-reviewed journals. There is a lot more information available on the Sherpa website.

A number of research funders now have rules in place which make it a requirement of any grant that the research articles resulting from that research by made available on Open Access – either by publication in an Open Access journal or by deposit of a version in an Open Access Repository. Other funders make a strong recommendation for deposit. For Teagasc purposes, the funding bodies which now require deposit of articles in Open Access Repositories are the EU Commission (Framework programme), European Research Council, SFI, HEA, HRB and IRCSET. It is likely that more funding bodies will follow suit. In most cases, depositing the final draft of your research publication into the institutional repository is the preferred method of meeting this requirement.

Why does Teagasc have an Open Access Repository? top

Teagasc believes it is important to have an Open Access Repository to support the dissemination, preservation and promotion of its research. T-Stór will showcase the range of research taking place within Teagasc and will increase the availability of this research to the national and international research communities. It will enable participation in RIAN portal for Irish Research (see below), as well as other international research portals, increasing visibility and impact, and meaning Teagasc Research output can be included in this showcase for national research. It also enables Teagasc researchers to fulfil the requirements of the Open Access Mandates from various research funding bodies.

Do other research bodies have similar Repositories? top

Services like T-Stór are being developed by academic and research institutions worldwide to make their research publications more widely available. All the Irish Universities have set up Repositories, as have several other relevant bodies, such as the HSE, RCSI, DIT, Marine Institute and WIT. Irish universities received government funding to build open access institutional repositories in each university and to develop a federated harvesting and discovery service via a national portal. This portal was recently launched. It is called RIAN and is accessible at www.rian.ie.

The Open Archive Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting has made it possible for distributed institutional and disciplinary repositories to be searched using search engines such as Google Scholar or OAISter. Check out Irish institutional repositories currently listed on Open DOAR.

How do I cite a paper I find in T-Stór? top

When you view the record for an item in T-Stór, you will see a reference to the official published version. It’s best to cite this published version, as this will result in the author(s) receiving proper recognition through services that track citation counts (e.g. Scopus and Web of Science).

While you should always cite the published version when referencing the article as a whole, there may be instances where you will need to cite the T-Stór version. This is because the page numbering might not match the page numbering in the final published version. In such cases, if you or your institution has access, the preference would be to click through and use the specific page reference from the published version. However, even if citing the T-Stór version, please try to cite the published version as well so that the author(s) receive proper recognition.

T-Stór also contains unpublished working papers and conference papers so these must be cited directly. If you need to do this, ensure you include the handle in your citation. For example:

Higgins, E. et al. (2003) The Internet, A Creator of Electronic Markets for Airline Tickets? Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10379/102

What are the Terms and Conditions under which I can download and use documents I find in T-Stór? top

Except where otherwise noted all material in T-Stór is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 License.

A human-readable version of this licence can be viewed at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

The full version of this licence can be viewed at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/legalcode.

Why should I put my research in T-Stór? top

If I submit my work to T-Stór, can I still publish it elsewhere? top

Yes. T-Stór does not replace publishing in peer-reviewed journals or other publications. It is complimentary to them. For further information on depositing in the repository please see section on Copyright issues below.

What sort of material can you deposit? top

The Repository administration will upload articles from Irish Journal of Agriculture and Food Research and T-Research. If you would like to submit any other type of publication, please consult the Repository Administrator.

If I leave Teagasc, will my work be removed from the Repository? top

No, but this does not stop you adding it to another repository at your new institution.

Can work produced with colleagues from other institutions be added to the repository? top

Yes, our licence agreement covers this. During the submission process you will be required to agree to a Licence which gives Teagasc the right to publish your submitted work. This agreement includes a statement verifying that you have the agreement of co-authors to make the submission, if this is relevant. It’s up to you to determine if the agreement of others is needed.

What Copyright issues are there? top

Many journal publishers now permit the archiving of articles in institutional repositories, without requiring a specific request to be made. However, publishers usually stipulate a delay of between 6 and 18 months following publication in their journal and that pre-prints or post-print versions are the only permissible versions. There is more information on this matter in the “Step-by-Step Guide to Depositing your Work”. This includes a list of publishers relevant to Teagasc and their policies. More information and a longer list of publishers and their copyright policies’ can be viewed at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo. Alternatively, you should check the agreement you signed.

Publishers may impose other conditions, such as a link to their website or a specific wording. Repository administration will check for these or any other conditions and ensure they are fulfilled. They’ll also check that you’re using the correct version, so you must let them know which version it is (instructions are in the Step-by-Step Guide). Therefore, only the version which is legally allowed will be freely available on T-Stór.

What version of my work will T-Stór contain? top

As stated above, most publishers stipulate that either pre- or post-prints are allowed to be deposited in institutional repositories without affecting copyright. The bibliographic record for each publication will also contain a link to the publisher's version though access to this version may be restricted by password or payment controls set by the publisher.

How do I deposit my work? top

To deposit your work click here for a step by step guide.

Contact top

For more information please contact the Repository administration at teagascrepository-help@teagasc.ie Máire Caffrey, the Teagasc Head Librarian at 353 (0)1 8059577.

To deposit your work click here for a step by step guide.