Discovery is the institutional research portal of the University of Dundee.

Originally created in 2010 to provide an institutional repository and digital preservation service for research material created by the University community, it has evolved into a comprehensive source of information on all aspects of the University’s commitment to research.

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About Discovery

A key area of Discovery is its repository of research outputs, comprising links to electronic full text of peer-reviewed articles and conference papers, as well as book chapters, theses and other forms of written research from the University’s academic staff and postgraduate students. Some publications are also available as full-text downloads where copyright restrictions permit. Discovery also holds “grey literature”, such as working and discussion papers, technical reports and preprints. In addition, research datasets, sound and image collections, multimedia, software and other forms of research data can also be deposited.

Discovery content is accessible from the University’s Library Search, Google and repository portals such OAIster and OpenDOAR, ensuring a high level of visibility for University of Dundee research output across the web.

Academic research staff can add publications and research students can add the final version of their thesis to the repository using web-based forms. Research staff can set up regular imports of their publications from databases such as PubMed and Web of Science. The Discovery team have created a series of online video tutorials on the Discovery help page that will lead you through how to get started and how to submit your research output.

Discovery Migration

Discovery uses a software application called Pure (Publications and Research), which replaced DSpace, (the software used until May 2012). Pure draws information from the LLC, HR, Finance, RIS, UOD-IT and Registry, providing a multi-function system serving the wider research information management needs of the University.

Why Submit?

There are a number of clear benefits for students and researchers of making your published work available in Discovery:


  •     Increase visibility of your work by making it openly accessible
  •     Open access is shown to bring earlier and increased citations
  •     Avoid broken links by gaining a permanent URL for your work
  •     Comply with funders’ mandates to deposit your work in an open repository
  •     Gain an online archive of your work, managed by the Library & Learning Centre


Discovery encompasses all aspects of the University’s research and publication activities, integrating information about each researcher’s publications, funding, research groups and impact. Discovery was used to support the University’s submission to the REF 2014, as well as for internal research management. Academic staff can use the system to produce CVs, publication lists and other records of their activity, and to store and showcase all aspects of their research work.

The Library & Learning Centre will manage the publications data within Discovery, ensuring accuracy and completeness, as well as providing support on copyright and open access management, and will also offer support services to researchers using Discovery, utilising the expertise of the team of Discovery editors. Please email the Discovery team with any queries.