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Leiden Repository and LUCRIS Publication Management

The Leiden Repository is a database of publications by academics from and institutions affiliated to Leiden University. Researchers and PhD candidates use LUCRIS Publication Management (PM) to add publications (except for doctoral theses) to the Repository. Wherever possible, publications should be Open Access in the digital environment.

The Leiden Repository comprises a collection of publications by academics and a collection of student theses. Not only is it easy to find publications in the Repository itself, but also with search engines such as Google, Google Scholar and Open Access OAIster.

By publishing Open Access:

  • you increase the accessibility and visibility of your publications
  • you increase your citations
  • you comply with the Open Access policy of the university and external funders (such as NWO and ERC).

Read more about Leiden University's Open Access policy on the website of the university library.

If you are a researcher at Leiden, you can use LUCRIS PM to deposit your publications in the Repository and also add them to your personal profile on the website. You can access LUCRIS PM with your ULCN account. The University Library is the system manager.

If you wish to submit a doctoral thesis, you must take other steps. For more information on the contact person for LUCRIS PM and the Leiden Repository see the University Libraries Leiden website.

You can add a Publications tab to your personal profile page on the website by registering your publications via LUCRIS PM. Please note that it may take some time before the Publications tab appears.

Publishers sometimes refuse permission to deposit a publication in the Leiden Repository. However, you may be able to deposit an author’s version (that doesn’t use the publisher’s layout)  or the publisher’s PDF after a certain embargo period.

Researchers with a labor agreement with the University can make use of the right to use Article 25fa of the Dutch Copyright Act (Taverne Amendment) to share short scientific and professional works, regardless of any restrictions imposed by the publisher. Read more about this provision on the University Libraries Leiden website.

To find out more about protecting your copyright, please contact the Copyright Information Office at the University Library.

Leiden Law Blog in LUCRIS

An article from the Leiden Law blog can be entered in LUCRIS.

SSRN: ‘Tomorrow’s research today’

In the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) researchers are creating an online library, where they share their research results, allow for work that has not yet been published to be viewed and inform about publications that are not readily available.  

The SSRN collection encompasses: 

  • English articles, chapters, papers etc. 
  • which have either already been accepted/published elsewhere; 
  • or have been submitted, but not yet accepted/published; 
  • or belong to the category ‘work in progress’, but are far enough in content to be distributed/discussed.

Individuals can add their work to SSRN at no charge. Institutions/departments can open a ‘series’ and enter the work of their researchers (see the overview of the legal scholarship series on SSRN). The law school is a fervent supporter of the use of SSRN and has started its own series on SSRN: Leiden Law School Legal Studies Research Paper Series. Staff are warmly invited to contribute to the series or to enjoy the benefits of it.

Wim Voermans will monitor the general content of the series as editor in chief.

Publishing on SSRN has a number of important advantages: 

  • Exposure in the English language research community.
  • Papers reach a wide public - also when they have not yet been published (generating feedback) or when they have been published in a little known journal (sell research). 
  • Many researchers use SSRN for literature research. 
  • SSRN offers all kinds of alert services, so that publications receive extra attention.

In addition to DSpace, by using SSRN the law school is once again taking a step towards the internationalisation of our research and its distribution on internet. SSRN can also play a possible role in initiating new collaborative ventures.

The following information is required for an SSRN entry:

  • Abstract/summary.
  • Names, contact and institute details of authors not yet included in the SSRN database.  
  • Citation/reference information (for published/accepted/’forthcoming’ papers). 
  • The copyright for the abstract and the paper (see information on copyright)
  • The electronic version of the paper as a PDF file.
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