Open Access

Open Access Publishing in the Health Service Executive

The award is to encourage and reward open access publishing in the health sector in Ireland. Open access to health information has been proven to increase citation, impact and can lead to the translation of research into better outcomes for patient care. 

More on Open Access and Open Research HERE

The 2017 HSE Open Access Research Awards are now closed for entry - Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on December 1st 

Details of winners from 2016 are available here.

Details of winners from2015  are available here.

Details of winners from 2014 are available here.

The HSE supports Open Access Publication in 5 key ways:

What is Open Access?

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of high-quality, peer-reviewed research results with the potential to transform the way we communicate and deliver our healthcare service. 

Open access publication has been defined separately by three statements known as the "BBB definition" which represents the "Budapest (Feb 2002), Bethesda (June 2003), and Berlin (Oct 2003) statements. Open access means unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. The definition of an Open Access Publication is:

Definition of Open Access Publishing


"one that is freely available 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. Open access to peer-reviewed journal literature is the goal."

 Budapest Open Access Publishing Statement Released February 14, 2002.

For more information please consult the Frequently Asked Questions document about the HSE's Open Access Position Statement.

Benefits of OA Research

  • Accelerated discovery. With open access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.
  • Public enrichment. Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.
  • Improved education. Open access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world.

HSE Open Access Research Advisory Group.pdf (size 30.3 KB)

HSE OA Statement.pdf (size 58.6 KB)

FAQ Open Access.pdf (size 53.7 KB)