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Open Access Research Awards 2019

The sixth annual HSE Open Access Research Awards are now open for entry.

The awards celebrate practitioners and researchers working across health and social care disciplines in Ireland who are publishing and making their research available in open access format.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges with research experience and an overall winner will also be selected as representing the best of all submissions received. Winners receive a custom piece of glassware celebrating their achievement.

Criteria for entry:

Entries can draw on expertise from the medical, nursing or social care disciplines and include administration or management but must fulfil the following criteria; 


  • The research article should have been published in the previous 24 months
  • It should be available in full text in Open Access (and added to the Lenus repository, pre or post entry)

Entries close on November 1st and winners will be announced at the Open Access Awards ceremony on December 4th. Enquiries about the awards can be directed to

What is Open Access?

Open Access publishing refers to the practice of making research freely available to read, without paywalls, subscriptions or other barriers to access. Driven by technological developments (electronic publishing and the internet) and economic pressures (increasingly unaffordable increases in traditional journal publishing), the principles of Open Access were first articulated in the Budapest Open Access Initiative of 2002. According to the statement produced by the Initiative,

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"The literature that should be freely accessible online is that which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment...By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."

Budapest Open Access Publishing Statement

Released February 14, 2002

Open Access and Lenus - a quick video introduction by Dr Greg Martin

Make your research Open Access in Lenus

HSE Open Access Publishing Statemment

The HSE is very much to the fore in advocating Open Access in Ireland. Its 2013 statement notes that the organisation "is committed to sharing the findings of its research as widely as possible to enhance its use and its impact on the population it serves."



Open Access Research Awards Winners 2018

The 2017 HSE Open Access Research Awards were presented on December 8th.

Award Winners 

Mental Health category: Conor O’Neill,  “STRESS-testing clinical activity and outcomes for a combined prison in-reach and court liaison service”.

Quality Improvement category: Mark White, “Healthcare Quality Improvement and ‘work engagement'”.

Primary Care category: Clare LewisA community virtual ward model to support older persons with complex health care and social care needs”.

Acute Hospitals category: Suzanne Dunne, “Benefits of post-operative oral protein supplementation in gastrointestinal surgery patients”.

Health and Wellbeing category: Kevin Cradock, “Behaviour change techniques targeting both diet and physical activity in type 2 diabetes”.

Clinical Strategy and Programmes category: Mary Clare O’Hara, “Formation of a type 1 diabetes young adult patient and public involvement panel to develop a health behaviour change intervention”.

National Cancer Control Programme: Alison Johnston, “Targeting breast cancer outcomes-what about the primary relatives?

Overall winner for 2017  

Mark Morgan Brown, “Capturing interactive occupation and social engagement in a residential dementia and mental health setting using quantitative and narrative data”. 

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