Support for Research

The Library provides a range of resources and services to support research at Aston as well as working closely with the Research and Knowledge Exchange team.

Research Publications

Aston University has set out its approach to research publications in our Research Publications Policy. This applies to all authors of research publications, research leaders and manager, and professional services staff. The Policy covers publication planning, research quality and publication quality, research integrity and ethics, open access and use of metrics.

You should make sure to read the Aston University Research Publications Policy and Policy for the Responsible use of Research Publication Metrics.

The Libraries team also provide guidance on deciding what to publish and deciding where to publish.

Open Access Publishing

Make your publications Open Access to:

  • Ensure they are eligible for inclusion in the next REF
  • Comply with your funder and Aston's requirements
  • Increase the discoverability and readership of your research outputs

You can find out further information in the Open Access LibGuide 

You should also make sure to read Aston's Open Access Policy and Code of Practice.

Open Research Data

Effective management of research data and use of Open Data is increasingly important to:

  • Demonstrate research integrity
  • Comply with your funder requirements
  • Share your data for re-use

Further information can be found in our Research Data Management LibGuide. You should also make sure to read Aston's Open Research Data Policy, which can be found under the Open Access Policies.

Aston Research Repositories

Aston University has repositories for both research publications and research data.  Find out which repository you need to use.

Aston Research Explorer and Pure

Aston University uses Pure as its current research information system (CRIS). Pure is the backend system for the public-facing portal Aston Research Explorer, which hosts Aston University’s staff pages and highlights their research.

  • To log in to Pure, go to and use your university credentials
  • For guides and further information on using Pure, visit the RKE website on Pure

Measuring Research Impact

Citation databases are key tools in demonstrating the impact of an individual published paper or of a researcher's body of published work. They can be used to:

  • Demonstrate the impact of an article by the number of times it has been cited since it was published (citing references)
  • Use the author's references (cited references) to find the research that underpinned his or her work
  • Identify influential (highly cited) papers and researchers or research groups

As no single database will contain complete information on who has cited a particular work, it is advisable to use multiple sources.

To find out more please view the Measuring Research Impact LibGuide.

Research Bites

Every year the Library runs a summer series of Research Bites seminars which will provide you with a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive updating of your information and research skills.


Copyright is important because it protects the interests of those who create so you need to take care in referring to others' work to avoid plagiarism or infringements.  Please check the guidance in our copyright LibGuide.

Inter-library Loans

If there are books, journal articles or conference papers that you need for your research it may be possible for us to order a copy for you from another library via our Inter-library Loans service.

Access to other university libraries

Aston University is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme, which allows postgraduate research students and academic staff to visit most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.  Some of these libraries may also allow you to borrow or use their printed books and journals.