Mar 272015



An exciting feature of the Jisc Publications Router is the built-in notification system.

As the Router is able to parse publisher data to identify an author’s home institution it can then identify the institutional repository or repositories the output should be deposited in. The postcard notification system will provide anyone who registers with daily updates on new content for repositories they select to track.

Access to the postcard notification system requires a My EDINA account. Once registered you can look up the repository or repositories you’d like to receive notifications for and choose the format for them to appear in:

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Sign up for the Router’s postcard notification system at the following URL:

It is possible to view content already held in the router using the institutional or target repository browse features. Postcards will notify you of any new content added in the future.

Repository managers can use the postcard system to see what content is being provided to the Router for their institution. It is then possible to harvest open access content from the Router or sign up to receive a feed directly into the repository. Transferred content can be added at any stage of the repository workflow; to a specific user profile or the review file as well as the live archive.

For more information about the Jisc Publications Router contact the EDINA Helpdesk at

Mar 272015


As discussed in our previous post the Jisc Publications Router has had a long and interesting history as a project. Now, as it moves into a new life as a beta service, the team have been working to spruce things up.

All existing features are still available; documentation for suppliers and consumers can be viewed and users can still browse all content by organisation or repository. The browse views have been tidied up and the citations are now significantly clearer:

citationRepository managers can sign up the for the postcard notification service and the stats wheel (shown below) displaying a visualisation of the data is still as mesmerising and clickable as ever.



The service the Router provides remains the same regardless of how it looks. The Router parses the metadata of an article to determine the appropriate target repositories and transfers the publication to the registered repositories. It minimises efforts on behalf of potential depositors while maximising distribution and exposure of research outputs.

For more information about interacting with the Publications Router please contact the Edina Helpdesk or email

See also: update from Jisc on their plans for OA services including support for the Router.

Mar 192015



The Publications Router team are delighted to welcome eLife as the first publisher to provide content for distribution via the Router.

The UK’s Research Excellence Framework Policy for Open Access requires that authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts must be deposited in an institutional or subject repository within three months of acceptance for publication. The policy applies to research outputs (such as journal articles and conference proceedings) accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

As an open-access publisher that makes articles immediately available online, eLife complies with this requirement by delivering all content at the point of final publication to PubMed Central (PMC) and, via PMC, Europe PMC. However, to ease compliance for individual UK institutions with the REF policy, eLife is going a step further and linking up with the Jisc Publications Router.

In response to joining Melissa Harrison, eLife’s Head of production, stated:

The process to set up and supply our archive of content through the Jisc Publications Router was simple and involved minimal time and effort. We would be happy to support other publishers and institutions as they seek to become part of this important initiative. We’re pleased to support the Jisc Publications Router as an important step in facilitating compliance with the UK open-access policy, in particular, and in extending the infrastructure for open access in general.

For eLife, the Publications Router helps to:

  • Push content to further end points
  • Help content reach institutional repositories as soon as it is published in final format, faster than it’s available elsewhere, aside from the eLife site
  • Make available all formats of the content, including final typeset PDF, all figures, videos and supplementary files, and JATS XML
  • Support institutional compliance with the REF policy through just one relationship

To discuss eLife’s experience with the Router, email eLife’s Head of production, Melissa Harrison

For more information about the Jisc Publications Router  contact the EDINA Helpdesk at

See also: eLife supports the Jisc Publication Router on eLife news.


Mar 092015

Envelope concept image

The Jisc Publications Router has its origins in the preceding Open Access Repository Junction (OA-RJ) project which itself continued on from the work carried out on the Depot.

The Depot bridged a gap for researchers before a specific local institutional repository was available to them. It aimed to make more content available in repositories and to make it easier for researchers to have research results exposed to a wider readership under open access. The Depot is still available and providing researchers with a repository at

One of the objectives of the Depot was to devise an unmediated reception and referral service called the Repository Junction. The Junction collected information in order to redirect users to existing institutional repository services near them. Institutional affiliation of potential depositors was deduced through an IP lookup and external directories were queried to find an appropriate location for deposit. This facilitated the redirection of a user to the most appropriate repository. If none of the suggested repositories were suitable for the researcher they could still deposit in the Depot.

OA-RJ started as an investigation to improve the simplistic approach of the Repository Junction and provide a service within the Jisc information environment. After consultation with other technologists in the Repository community it because clear that there were two workflows that should be addressed. Firstly that the deposit object could be data-mined for additional information on the author affiliation and, secondly, that the object could be, itself, deposited into repositories. This second workflow could solve the many-to-many problem of research publications with multiple authors from multiple institutions who require their publications be deposited in multiple locations. The aim was to minimise effort on behalf of potential depositors while maximising the distribution and exposure of research outputs.

The foundation for OA-RJ can be seen in the ‘back of an envelope’ diagram (above) born from a meeting between Theo Andrew, Jim Downing, Richard Jones, Ben O’Steen and Ian Stuart. With smoother edges the above diagram looks like this:tidy concept image

OA-RJ then split into discovery and delivery providing services for each. The Repository Junction would discover repository targets while a standalone broker would enable content providers to make deposits with multiple recipients. OA-RJ became two distinct projects as part of the UK Repository Net+ (RepNet) infrastructure project; Organisation and Repository Identification (ORI) handling the discovery while the Repository Junction Broker (RJB) dealt with delivery. ORI is now an Edina micro service providing APIs to access authoritative data on organisations and repositories. The latest phase of RJB is the Jisc Publications Router.

The Router is a service based on the RJB application. The Publications Router aims to deliver open access content in a format that can be understood by institutional repositories. Having evolved from the projects outlined above the Router automates the delivery of research publications from multiple suppliers (publishers, subject repositories) to multiple institutional repositories. The Router parses the metadata to determine the appropriate target repositories based on the authors responsible for the output and transfers the publication to the institutional repositories registered with the service. It is intended to minimise efforts on behalf of potential depositors in order to maximise the distribution and exposure of research outputs.

The envelop sketch is now a fully realised service.

You can view blog posts from the previous incarnations of the Router at the following URL but we will highlight some of these older posts in the future:

If you have any queries about the Publications Router please contact the Edina Helpdesk or email

Mar 092015



The Jisc Publications Router is a new service designed to reduce the number of connections needed between data suppliers and data receivers to populate institutional repositories. The Router builds on work carried out by EDINA as part of the Repository Junction Broker project.

The Publications Router is a web based middleware tool that accepts data objects like research papers and parses the metadata to determine the appropriate repository or repositories before transferring the original data to them. The router is intended to minimise the efforts on behalf of potential depositors and maximise the distribution and exposure of research outputs. The Publications Router also provides full text objects for repositories.

The landscape of research publishing has changed post-2014 REF. In light of new open access requirements the Publications Router provides a convenient, reliable and timely method of ingesting research data into institutional repositories. The Router captures data from the publisher as the source of truth; registered repositories are then notified of new content from authors at their institution which is automatically delivered to the repository. Repositories can edit the metadata, taking into consideration any local standards or linking to local systems before publishing the data.

It is possible to view content already held in the Router using the institutional or target repository browse features. You can sign up to receive notifications of outputs for any number of repositories using the postcard notification system or download OA content of your choice using the provided APIs.

As the service develops we hope to work with more publishers and institutional repositories to support open access and assist in compliance with funders’ mandates.