The open archive for STFC research publications

About ePubs

About ePubs

ePubs is the Open Access archive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. It records the scientific and technical output of STFC staff and facilities users and makes it freely available online.

The ePubs archive contains records and selected files of publications produced by researchers based at STFC facilities. As well as current publications, ePubs includes many records of publications from STFC’s predecessor organisations, CCLRC, SERC, SRC and NIRNS, as part of its aim to preserve a true archival record of the organisations’ output. The oldest publication records date from 1957.

ePubs is managed for STFC by the Chadwick and RAL Libraries.

Aims and objectives

  • To build a central repository of publications containing the scientific and technical output of the Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • To archive and give free online access to the full text of STFC publications
  • To give STFC departments, groups and individual researchers the ability to manage their publications
  • To develop ePubs within the worldwide scholarly communications infrastructure, and make the repository accessible to as many users and services as possible.

Document types in the system

  • Research articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Conference papers and presentations
  • Conference proceedings
  • Preprints
  • Laboratory technical reports
  • Research project reports
  • Theses
  • Book chapters
  • Books
  • Patents
Types of outputs not eligible for inclusion
  • Project proposals
  • Grant proposals
  • Marketing material
  • Publicity material
  • Annual Reports (exception: when part of an official report series)
  • Briefing notes
  • Data sets
  • Supplementary material for articles
  • Manuals and user guides
  • Tutorials and lecture material
  • Minutes of meetings

Technical outline

ePubs has been created using Java JPA with a JSF user interface. It is compliant with the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), which means that it can be cross-searched together with other OAI-PMH compliant archives.

Browser Support

ePubs supports recent versions of the major browsers.

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