The NRF Institutional Repository brings together the NRF’s research, documented history and other content of institutional significance under one digital space, with an aim to preserve and provide open access to these resources.

IRs are being established for a variety of reasons:

  • to support open access movement;
  • to provide access to the public funded research
  • to provide open access to the institution's output; and
  • to support preservation and so on.

Who can submit content to the NRF Institutional Repository?

  • NRF’s business units, national facilities, staff, or individuals or groups sponsored by or closely affiliated with the NRF.

What kinds of materials can be contributed?

  • The NRF Institutional Repository is an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles, published books and book chapters, conference papers, presentations, theses, and other works not published elsewhere.
  • The NRF Institutional Repository accepts a wide range of file formats (including text files (PDF), datasets, audio files, and video files).


Different stakeholders in the system of scholarly communications can and will benefit from no restricted access to research and data:

  • Researchers as authors: immediate visibility for research output and thus increased visibility and usage of their results. Open Access may even lead to an increase of impact.
  • Researchers looking for information: access to literature everywhere, not only from a universities but also from any site with wifi access.
  • Funding agencies: increased return on investment (ROI), increased visibility.
  • Universities & research institutes: greater visibility, clearer management information
  • Libraries: increased access for target audience, financially a more attractive model than the current subscription model.
  • Teachers & students: unrestricted access to material, enriched education, allowing equality of learning in poor as well as in rich nations.
  • Science: enhanced and accelerated research cycle
  • Citizens & society: access to knowledge / access to the results of publicly funded research.
  • Enterprises: access to critical information.
  • Publishers: transparent business model, ultimate online article distribution, ultimate visibility for articles


  • The NRF Institutional Repository complies with copyright laws and publisher's contract restrictions
  • Displaying an item in the NRF Institutional Repository does not alter the copyright status of the author or publisher over the work
  • Many journal publishers now routinely allow researchers to archive a version of their work in their institutional repository
  • If you cannot locate your publisher's policy, send us your final draft or peer-reviewed draft (if applicable) as submitted to the publisher. The IR staff will confirm the copyright status of the work before it goes live, and contact the publisher if required.

Publisher's archiving policies

Journal and publisher's archiving policies can be checked at this site: SHERPA/RoMEO

  • If you cannot locate the journal or publisher's policies for your work still send your paper to the NRF Institutional Repository. The NRF IR staff will confirm the copyright status and restrictions applied to your work before we consider making it live and will contact the publisher on your behalf for permission if necessary.
  • If you are about to submit your work for publication you can also add a clause (Author addendum) to the publication contract allowing you to deposit the "peer-reviewed" or "accepted" version of your work in the NRF Institutional Repository , if it is not already part of the contract.
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