Open access Open access and repositories

A summary of the work HEE is doing on open access and repositories

Open access work with NIHR 

The NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) published its updated open access policy of NIHR –funded research in November 2021.

It is  aligned to the new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) policy on open access publishing of UKRI-funded research.  

In 2020 HEE and NIHR jointly commissioned Information Power to undertake a piece of work to review and make recommendations about publishing and publication procurement practices across the health and social care system.

The work comprised:

  • analysis of publications in health and care in last five years
  • analysis of spend on Article Processing Charges (APCs) and subscriptions
  • focus groups and interviews with NHS Research Managers and Knowledge and Library staff
  • facilitating a strategic roundtable in October 2020

The full report is now available: 'Recommendations about publishing and publication procurement practices across the health and social care system'.

Pilot NHS Shared Repository 

A 12-month project to develop and evaluate an NHS shared repository commenced in June 2021.  

Funded by HEE and hosted by the British Library, a beta version of NHS Shared Repository is now live.

Screenshot of the homepage of the NHS shared repository
The NHS shared repository

The project involves six sites:  

  • Barts Health NHS Trust 

  • Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 

  • a consortium of Black Country libraries 

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Norfolk & Waveney Integrated Care System 

  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust 

The repository uses the Open Source software, Samvera Hyku, which is jointly provided through a contract with CoSector and Notch8

One of the aims of the pilot is to capture grey literature.

This contains valuable learning from practice but is typically less readily discoverable than formally published research.   

For more information, please contact [email protected]  

Page last reviewed: 25 November 2021