Deposit your publications

Uploading publications to Leicester Research Archive is as easy as 1-2-3

Deposit your publication to meet eligibility for the REF2021 and increase the readership.

Put your paper in Leicester Research Archive. It's free, we check with your publisher, and it's easy as 1) Log In 2) Upload 3) Share

Please note:

  • The following steps are necessary even if you are paying an Article Processing Charge to publish your article in an Open Access journal which anyone can read for free (gold OA).
  • Bibliographic records may appear before publication unless you ask us not to.
  • To submit your manuscript to the Leicester Research Archive you must tick the licence agreement and click 'Deposit my manuscript'.

How to deposit your publication:

Academic and research staff

If you are an academic or research member of staff, you should deposit via your IRIS account (or pass a request to your departmental IRIS administrator).

Put simply the procedure is:

  1. Log on to IRIS with your University ID.
  2. Create a record by following one of the calls to action like "Accepted for publication? Please deposit your work" and fill in all the mandatory fields with information about your publication.
  3. Upload the file and then tick the box that allows us to process your manuscript.
  4. The file will be transferred to the Leicester Research Archive (LRA) automatically.  Library staff will check your publishers' open access conditions and make your text available online from the LRA as appropriate. Please note that linking to a location is not currently active, we need a manuscript file uploaded.

You can download our step-by-step depositing guide (PDF).

Non-academic staff and students

Only academic and research staff have IRIS accounts.

If you do not have an IRIS account, please email a copy of your publication to and we will deposit it for you.  We also accept publications via shared files or on portable devices such as USB sticks or on CD / DVD.

Which version should I deposit?

You should normally deposit the Author's Accepted Manuscript. This is the peer-reviewed and corrected manuscript that you sent to the publisher, probably as a Word file. Please note that we cannot archive publishers' proofs or the final PDF version of record, although there may be some exceptions. You can find out exactly which version your journal allows you to deposit by checking the SHERPA/RoMEO web site.

I'm stuck, what do I do?

We're here to help, so please contact us at alternatively check our FAQ for answers.

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