Impact and Visibility

ORBilu maximises visibility and impact for our researchers and the University.  As an open repository it facilitates sharing and collaboration and inspires innovation and new research ideas. The central vault of content commands a world-wide audience and global presence showcasing the legacy and intellectual leadership at the University. 


ORBilu enables open access to institutional research output, which offers value to all whose aims are to accelerate research, ensure a return on public investment by sharing research outcomes and make an impact where it is needed the most. Our repository embodies our commitment to improve transparency and trust in research and to practice Open Science.

ORBilu increases the visibility of researchers and the University. As a discovery tool, our research projects and academics collaborating on projects, can be explored anytime and anywhere. All references deposited within ORBilu are visible in library catalogues, open access resources, social networks, Google Scholar etc.  This visibility is very valuable for peer-reviewed literature, but incredibly valuable for grey literature, which is hard to discover and to access, but serve a great role where we need access to all evidence such as in systematic reviews. Innovation is often born from ideas recorded in grey literature.


Are the references submitted to ORBilu really visible?

All references are automaticall 'pushed' everywhere online by ORBilu, to places where people search for scientific information (library catalogues, open access resources, social networks, Google Scholar etc.). They are also visible through the essential web tools such as search engines, e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. but also on specialised tools such as Open Access harvesters, social networks and other such information tools and databases.

A publication on ORBilu is just a few clicks away from being distributed as widely as possible:

  • Via library websites, indexed on the discovery tools used by academic and scientific libraries around the world. These are vast databases that allow users to search millions of references such as scientific papers, books, chapters, grey literature etc. via a single interface.  For example, all ORBilu content is also indexed on here in Luxembourg.
  • Via Open Access search tools that specialise in scientific information. These are powerful search engines that rely on the Open Archives Intiative (OAI) metadata sharing protocol to harvest various sources, for example institutional repositories or open archives. Examples include: BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine), PubMed (medicine and health search engine), MOSA (Luxembourg & Belgium), ISIDORE (for humanities & social sciences), CORE (Open Access research papers), OpenAire (European research).
  • Via social networks, as ORBilu allows 'sharing' of deposited articles to Twitter and displays altmetric data (alternative impact measure to content on the Internet).
  • The entire ORBilu directory, as a whole, is referenced in OpenDOAR - Directory of Open Access Repositories, ROAR - Registry of Open Access Repositories and the ISSN portal.


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