The open archive for STFC research publications

About ePubs

About ePubs

ePubs is the open archive for the Science and Technology Facilities Council's research publications.

ePubs contains records and full-text (where copyright allows) of publications in which authors quote affiliation to STFC, or report on work carried out 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.

Requests and suggestions for enhancements to the ePubs service can be sent to epublications@stfc.ac.uk. Requests will be considered by the ePubs team, and where appropriate, added as an enhancement ticket for future development. There are usually two upgrades to ePubs each year, to apply enhancements and bug fixes.

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

  • Journal articles
  • Conference papers and presentations
  • Conference proceedings
  • Preprints
  • Technical reports
  • Research project reports
  • Manuals and user guides
  • STFC tutorials and lecture material
  • 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
  • Minutes of meetings
  • Newspaper articles

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.

An API is available for developers to build on ePubs and tailor for specific requirements. Please email epublications@stfc.ac.uk for more information.

Browser Support

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