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Research Support: Institutional Repository

SETU Carlow Library's guide to assist researchers with all aspects of the research process from finding information to maximising impact.

SETU Carlow Institutional Repository

The SETU Carlow Institutional Repository ( is an online, open access collection of research output by academic staff, researchers and students of SETU Carlow. The content is made fully and freely available in accordance with copyright holder permissions. Research materials are centrally stored and preserved and the open access repository showcases the Institute’s intellectual output. Open access to the results of research enhances the visibility and the impact of the work, the author and SETU Carlow.

The SETU Carlow Institutional Repository is part of Research@THEA which is an open access repository that launched in 2017 as a service for capturing, storing, preserving and showcasing the research output of Institutes of Technology in Ireland. The Research@THEA repository is available at

As the material is freely available online to anybody with access to the Internet, the potential readership of open access articles far exceeds that of articles where the full text is restricted to subscribers. This increased visibility can result in raising profiles and citations for researchers.

The SETU Carlow Institutional Repository holds peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed research output from the Institute including: journal articles, conference items, reports, reviews and working papers. All new research Masters and Doctoral theses awarded by the Institute, and not covered by embargo, are also made available on the SETU Carlow Institutional Repository.

We recommend that all academic staff and researchers deposit their research output in the repository. This will ensure your research gets maximum exposure as SETU Carlow Institutional Repository is indexed by Google Scholar, Bing, Google, Microsoft Academic and all other major search engines. Many funders including Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council and the EU via Horizon 2020 require researchers to make their research publications available to all via open access within certain time periods.

To have your material included in the SETU Carlow Institutional Repository, please email or call 059 9175770.

Further details on SETU Carlow Institutional Repository can be found in the SETU Carlow Institutional Repository Policies document. Authors must accept the Research@THEA Deposit Agreement and Creative Commons Use licence when submitting material to the SETU Carlow Institutional Repository.

Which Version of My Paper Should I Place in the Institutional Repository?

  • The Library adheres to the publisher's policies relating to 'self-archiving' on institutional repositories such as SETU Carlow Institutional Repository.
  • Most publishers will not permit authors to make the published PDF version of their articles available in repositories.
  • The version required for SETU Carlow Institutional Repository is the final draft after peer review and editing has occurred but before publication. It is the copy without the publisher's type-setting, formatting, logos and pagination. This version is also known as the post-print and here is an example.
  • To view your publisher's policy on Open Access you can check the Sherpa Romeo database.
  • We check and adhere to publisher's policies and link to the published version.

What Can I Put in the SETU Carlow Institutional Repository

It is recommended by the Institute that all academic staff and researchers deposit their research output in the Institutional Repository.

The repository accepts the following scholarly materials:

  • Ph.D. Theses
  • Research / Masters Theses
  • Research papers
  • Books/Book chapters
  • Journal articles
  • Technical reports
  • Book reviews
  • Working papers
  • Conference papers
  • Any other worthy scholarly material including research based visual exhibits.

How to Deposit Material in the SETU Carlow Institutional Repository

To have your material included in the IT Carlow Institutional Repository: