Scientific Publications by Luxembourg Research Organisations

The Luxembourg Portal for Innovation and Research has just released its redesigned pages promoting the scientific publications of Luxembourg's research organisations.  Now, the latest publications for the University of Luxembourg as well as each Faculty and Interdisciplinary Centre are automatically displayed from ORBilu.


The full announcement and link to the site are available on http://www.innovation.public.lu/en/actualites/2014/03/publi-scientifiques/index.html.


Online Training Videos Now Available

What is MyORBilu? How can I check my journal's Open Access policy? What are the different access types for documents in ORBilu and how can I use the Advanced Search?  These are just some of the questions that the new online training videos, available from the Training Sessions page, propose to answer.


In addition to these videos, don't hesitate to take a look at the various tools available from the Help menu, notably:

  • The User Guide which provides a quick reference on how to do the basics - add an entry, assign a proxy, produce a report;
  • The Toolbox which provides a variety of tools to help you get the most out of ORBilu. For example: model letters which can be used to contact your publisher to request the right to deposit your full-text document in ORBilu;
  • An FAQ and a Glossary.


Doctoral Theses now available

The ORBilu Team is pleased to inform you that the doctoral theses defended between 2006 and 2013 have now been added to ORBilu. They are available for consultation here: University of Luxembourg Doctoral Theses.


As of January 2014, the University of Luxembourg has also strengthened its mandate by requiring doctoral students to enter the details of their thesis in ORBilu in order for them to receive their diploma.  The addition of the full-text remains at the discretion of the doctoral student.


New ORBilu training schedule now available!

The new training schedule for ORBilu is now available. Click here to register.


Horizon 2020 and Open Access - deposit in ORBilu meets the requirements!

"Open access to scientific peer reviewed publications has been anchored as an underlying principle in the Horizon 2020 Regulation and the Rules of Participation [...]"  So states the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Open Access Fact Sheet.


Thus, any research receiving funding from H2020 will be required to publish in Open Access.  What does this mean?  Do you need to pay to publish?  NO!  The EC supports both the green road and gold road to Open Access and therefore, by depositing your publication in ORBilu, and making your full-text document available on Open Access within 6 months of publication (12 months for social sciences and humanities), you will fully comply with the requirements of your grant.


And, if you link your publication to your H2020 project (as you did for your FP7 projects), your publication will automatically appear in the OpenAIRE portal, the EC's portal for Open Access publications linked to their funding programs.


In a very innovative move, the EC has also launched a pilot to open up access to publicly funded research data.  The full press release is available here.


ORBilu featured in the OpenAIRE newsletter

OpenAIRE, the European Commission's Open Access portal which promotes the widespread adoption of the Open Access Policy defined in the FP7 programme, interviewed Pascale Engel de Abreu on her use and satisfaction with ORBilu:

"At conferences and other events I now provide the direct link to my ORBilu page which is easier than sending emails around with the requested papers. I got very positive feedback so far on the system from fellow researchers."

Read the full article as well as see what OpenAIRE is all about on http://www.openaire.eu/en/newsletter.


Be the brightest!

ORBilu is born!

Starting today, ORBilu, the University of Luxembourg’s new publications server, is the place to go to deposit all your scientific publications, from peer-reviewed journal articles and papers from conference proceedings to book chapters, contributions to collective works, oral presentations given at scientific conferences, and more.

What’s in it for me? Visibility, accessibility and impact.

  • Visibility: by entering the details of your publications, and thanks to indexing by Internet search engines, your research will be visible to other scholars in your field. Wouldn’t it be great to go to Google Scholar, Scirus, etc. and find references to your work?
  • Accessibility: by including the full-text of your publication, your work isn’t locked away behind a pay wall. Anyone, anywhere can read it.
  • Impact: if your work is being read, then it is more likely to be cited. Isn’t the main problem with impact the fact that your article or book chapter can’t be found or accessed?

Why ORBilu? In a word, to promote your research. ORBilu is designed to make your research visible to the outside world.

How do you connect? Simply go to orbilu.uni.lu and login with your Uni.lu userid (xxxx.xxxx@uni.lux) and password. All your publications from the previous system have been transferred to ORBilu. Simply validate them and they will be visible to everyone.

Need training? Sign up for one of our training sessions.

Questions? Need help? Drop us an e-mail on orbilu@uni.lu.

ORBilu: Be seen. Be read. Be cited.


The University of Luxembourg announces its Open Access deposit mandate

Today, the University of Luxembourg has joined the growing number of Universities and funding institutions around the world in launching a mandate for deposit in their new Open Access digital repository, ORBilu.

Who else is doing this? In addition to our partner, the University of Liège, Harvard, MIT, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science, Ghent University, University of Minho, and Queensland University of Technology to name just a few. The European Commission has clearly stated its intent to mandate Open Access of publications for the research it funds in its Horizon 2020 programme. As well, earlier this year, the Obama Administration announced that Federal agencies spending more than $100M in Research & Development must make the results of the research they fund freely available within 12 months of publication.

Although the list (see roarmap.eprints.org) is long and varied, there are still many more institutions around the world to join in the movement and many discussions to that end are on-going. For example, Germany is currently studying a revision to its copyright law that will allow authors to make their scientific publications legally available via Open Access after a 12 month embargo period regardless of their publisher agreements.

Concretely, the University of Luxembourg requires all University members to deposit:

  1. full-text electronic copies of all peer-reviewed articles and papers from published conference proceedings published from 1 January 2009 onwards; and
  2. bibliographic references of all their scientific production published since 1 January 2009.

For the full mandate text, click here. We’ve also put together a FAQ to help answer your questions.

And please, feel free to contact us on orbilu@uni.lu if you have any questions.

ORBilu: Be seen. Be read. Be cited.