Nano Archive

About the Nano Archive

This site is powered by EPrints 3, free software developed by the University of Southampton.

Contact Information

Any correspondence concerning the Nano Archive should be sent to lesley.tobin@nano.org.uk.

About the Nano Archive

The Nano Archive is part of the ICPCNanoNet project, funded by the EU under FP7 for four years from 1st June 2008 (contract number 218282). It brings together partners from the EU, China, India and Russia and aims to provide wider access to published nanoscience research and opportunities for collaboration between scientists in the EU and International Cooperation Partner Countries.

This electronic archive of nanoscience publications has a simple interface for the deposit of full-text papers and incorporates facilities for retrieval by browsing or searching. It is freely accessible to researchers around the globe, making research papers and other scholarly publications widely available.

The Nano Archive aims to:

  • reduce access barriers to research output from nano scientists and researchers across the globe
  • ensure records are readily searchable and retrievable by providing an Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting compliant service,
  • bring together material currently distributed across different institutions

Benefits for you as a researcher:

  • Your research is available more widely - to academics and others, worldwide. Research shows that free online availability substantially increases a paper's impact.
  • If your research funding conditions require open access to the findings of the research project, this is one way of complying with that requirement
  • It speeds up research sharing through new ways of locating and accessing academic papers
  • It helps free research output from access barriers and tolls
  • Your research is stored in a secure central, searchable space, in perpetuity
  • Easy access to your papers for students and research partners
  • Access to similar repositories worldwide. See the Sherpa web-site http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/archives.html for links to other services.

The Nano Archive service is not a substitute for formal publication in peer-reviewed journals. It has been developed to host material that has already been published: the majority of journals now allow this and there is further guidance on publishers' copyright agreements in our deposit guide.

The Nano Archive is similar to other international eprints initiatives. Institutional Repositories have been established by many universities and other organisations around the world over the last few years. Their development is part of an international movement to overcome the constraints and escalating costs of traditional scholarly publishing. Further information is available from: EPrints.org

By compliance with a standard protocol, the Open Archive Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting , it is possible for all repositories to be searched from a single point. Distributed institutional and disciplinary repositories can all be searched as if they were one, using search engines such as Google Scholar or OAISter

About Open Access

JISC Open Access Briefing Paper Version 2 September 2006

Research Councils UK Position Statement on Access to Research Outputs

Wellcome Trust Position Statement in Support of Open and Unrestricted Access to Published Research

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report: Scientific Publications: Free for all?

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities