Using the Repository

Research4Justice is an open access international repository, however, to access the full contents of the repository for free you will need to formally register as a user (hyperlink to follow in due course). Prior to uploading research outputs into the repository, it is expected that the researchers (students and their supervisors) have successfully completed the academic assessment process. Normal university practice involves the output, for example a thesis, to be independently marked by two academics. In addition, the thesis or output may also have been seen by an external examiner. The thesis will not have been peer-reviewed for journal publication and there may be some errors with respect to spelling, punctuation and grammar.

The content of the repository is covered by copyright licences that are specified by the author and copyright holder(s) of the deposited material. If any of the contents within the repository are downloaded, the user must abide by the copyright specified on the deposited item and cite the research output as a reference in their work using the item’s unique identifier, typically the DOI (digital object identifier) provided.

To deposit research outputs into the repository you need to be a member of a higher education institution (HEI) and must first register online. Depositors can be appointed centrally by a HEI, may be the student’s research supervisor and/or be the author (student) of the uploaded research output. However, the latter is not recommended, particularly for undergraduate students, to provide optimal preservation and continuation of research undertaken over time and to enhance international networking for all current and future students.

Before uploading research outputs into the repository please read the Research4Justice Deposit Agreement (to follow in due course). Registering as a user and depositing items into the repository means you have read and accept the terms of this agreement. The criteria for uploading content into Research4Justice is determined by each HEI and therefore there may be differences in the amount of detail provided for any item in the repository. There are a number of reasons why academics and researchers may not want the full content of the research output to be uploaded into the repository at this time. Reasons could include, but are not limited to:

  • Research output contains sensitive information (e.g. restricted by a non-disclosure agreement, embargo or pending patent)
  • Research is part of a wider project that is still ongoing
  • The HEI or partner research institution does not permit full content to be uploaded to the repository.

The metadata obtained during registration process will be used by the repository’s founders to analyse and report on the manner and frequency of how the repository is being used, and identify the most frequently accessed collections and items deposited. Registration will also enable users to provide us with feedback to improve the user experience and repository workflow.

The help pages provide further information for how to use, download and deposit items into the repository. If there are any technical issues to report regarding online registration, gaining access to the repository (for example logging in), please email. For other enquiries or to provide feedback on the repository, please refer to our online FAQs or contact us.

The success of the repository will depend on academics and researchers submitting research outputs, practitioners/professionals and all end users sharing their experiences and success case stories (testimonials) and assisting us with promoting the repository to other potential users through their international professional organisations and social media; Twitter handle @Res4Just and mentions using #Research4Justice, for example.

Additionally, to support, maintain and develop the repository, we need funding from sponsors (from companies/organisations or individuals) as Research4Justice is a not-for-profit project and there is currently no formal grant or funding source to continue this project beyond July 2019.

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