How to deposit
Northumbria Research Link (NRL) is an open access repository of Northumbria University’s research output. Depositing in NRL improves the online visibility of your research, making it easier for a global audience of researchers to discover and reference your work. Additionally, NRL is the central source of data about research outputs at Northumbria University, so depositing details of your work in NRL informs other systems at the University about your activity without the need to duplicate information.
Northumbria Research Link FAQs
Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding NRL. If your question isn’t listed here, or you would like more information, please email the Scholarly Publications team or call us 0191 243 7705.
Academic staff are required to deposit outputs from any research conducted whilst working at Northumbria University. Postgraduate research students who publish during their doctoral studies and would like to make these outputs available in NRL, should discuss this with their thesis supervisor. It is possible for a member of staff to deposit work on your behalf – advice is available from the Scholarly Publications team.
The Scholarly Publications team validate all new NRL deposits, source additional metadata where available and check copyright permissions for uploaded documents. The output will then appear on NRL. Please note that although it is then visible and can be linked to, some information such as author listings update overnight.
Please email us with details of the required amendments including the title of the output to which you are referring, and we will make the change for you.
Please email us with details of the required removal and we will remove it on your behalf.
Any papers deposited in NRL that we are permitted to share are freely available on NRL. Not all records in NRL have a file available for download, as it depends whether the author has supplied an electronic copy, and whether copyright permits us to make the full text available.
- If a record has a file available to download, it looks like this example. Beneath the citation there is a PDF thumbnail and you have the option to download or preview the file without needing to log into NRL.
- If a record has a file to which the publisher does not permit access, the record looks like this example. The note “restricted to repository staff only” indicates that even with a login, we could not permit access to this file without breaking the publisher’s terms and conditions.
- Where there is no thumbnail or download options, in records such as this example, this is where the author has not supplied a copy of their work. There is no file to access, even to users with logins. Where possible, we provide the DOI to journal articles (unique identifier), so that if you are a member of an institution which subscribes to the eJournal in which a paper is published, you will be able to access the full text.
The Personal Research and Innovation Plan (PRIP) is a web-based tool used by academic staff at Northumbria to manage their research and innovation activity. If you think outputs are missing from your PRIP, check if they are in NRL. If outputs are not in NRL, please deposit them to NRL by the procedures outlined on this page. If items are in NRL but are missing from your PRIP, use the contact details listed on the PRIP login page to notify the system administrator.
We are only able to upload theses awarded by Northumbria University. This is due to our arrangement with the British Library to use NRL as a means of updating EThOS with Northumbria theses. We encourage staff to upload their postgraduate theses to the repository of the awarding institution.