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Open Access: Training and Support

This guide is intended to provide advice on open access to researchers

Training and Support

The Library's Open Research Team will be running a number of training sessions for Staff & PhD students via Microsoft Teams. 

These courses cover a range of topics including Open Access, E-thesis, and Getting your first article published. For course details and information on how you can book your place, please see below.



TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2021: 11:00 AM - 13:00

Pure Class! Training on Pure and the Research Portal

Pure is the system that is used to upload and make visible online your research articles, note any prizes you have won, record any prestigious activities and upload your datasets and electronic thesis. Every PGR student has a profile in Pure. This expires when you complete your studies. 

You need to know how to use Pure to increase your visibility as a researcher, to improve your citation, to upload your e-thesis and, thus, be eligible for graduation. This session will provide you with a practical workshop of how to use Pure, what to update on your personal profile, how to create records in Pure. It will outline how to use Queen’s Research Portal – the public facing webpage of Pure – and why you should use it to get free, open access research articles and datasets to help you in your study. 

This training session is a hands-on workshop that provides information on Pure and the Research Portal. All Postgraduate Research students will have an account on Pure, which is used to capture your research activities and outputs at Queen's.  This training session will address the following topics:

  • Pure - what is it? Who uses it? Why is it important? How to customise your profile? Use of ORCiD as a useful tool
  • Research Portal - what is it? Why don't I use it?! Benefits of using it? How to search using it?
  • All PGR students are encouraged to attend this very useful workshop.


This course is aimed primarily at PGR students.  If you are in the first or second year of your PhD, it is strongly advised that you attend this class as soon as possible. This course is only offered ONCE in semester 1, 2021. Book early.

Please login to MyFuture to book a place. Training will be delivered online via MS Teams.

TUESDAY 02 NOVEMBER 2021: 14:00-15:30

Destination Graduation! Crossing the finish line by uploading your e-thesis

This session will explain everything that you need to do in order to upload your e-thesis into Pure and, so, be eligible for graduation.

It will explain how you can improve your visibility as you come to upload your e-thesis in Pure.

This course is aimed primarily at PGR students who will upload their e-thesis in the next few months.

Please login to MyFuture to register for this event.

Delivered online via MS Teams

TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER 2021: 11:00 AM - 13:00

Copyright and your e-thesis

Designated training for all Postgraduate Research (PGR) students who wish to gain an understanding of copyright and how it applies to your e-thesis

This course will make students aware of Queen's requirements for e-thesis submissions and the copyright implications for this

The training will include:

  • Defining copyright
  • Outlining the university's requirement for e-thesis
  • Explaining the concept of fair dealing
  • Outlining the process of seeking permission for copyright

Please login to MyFuture to book a place. Training will be delivered via MS Teams.

WEDNESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2021: 11:00 AM -13:00

Getting your first article published: PGRs and Post-Docs

This training course is aimed at Postgraduate Research students, but also early career researchers and staff.

It will include information on publishing your first article, where to publish, using metrics to assist with publication decisions, the peer-review process, Open Access options for publishing, copyright as it relates to your publication.

It will provide a relevant overview of the publication process and aims to make publishing your research less daunting. This course is aimed primarily at PGR students.

If you are a Postgraduate Research Student, please login to MyFuture to register for this event.

If any post-doctoral staff wish to attend, they are very welcome. Please register via I-Trent 

Places are limited so it is encouraged that you register early.

Delivered online via MS Teams

TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2021 10:00-11:30

Understanding Embargoes for your E-thesis: To embargo or not?

This session will provide an explanation of embargoes as they relate to your e-thesis.

It will consider when you need to use embargoes to protect your work and why.

This session will contains lots of practical case studies to enable you to make a decision about embargoes when you upload your e-thesis into Pure.

This course is aimed primarily at PGR students. Please register via MyFuture

Staff are also very welcome - supervisor particularly. Please register via I-Trent

Delivered on MS Teams