FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lenus?

Lenus is an online repository of Irish health publications.   Lenus is an Open Access Repository.

Who is Lenus for?

Because Lenus is available on the public internet, it is accessible to the public.  The content available in Lenus will be beneficial to students, health professionals and anyone interested in research in the Irish health services.

Who maintains Lenus?

Lenus is managed and maintained by the HSE Library, Dr. Steevens’ Hospital in Dublin.

Why should I submit my paper to Lenus?

  • Remove barriers.  Making your paper or research or publication available in Lenus will increase access to it.  It will be freely and openly available to anyone who needs to use it - no passwords or subscriptions required. 
  • Accelerate 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 and utilise the results of their investment.
  • Improve education. Open access means that teachers and their students around the world have access to the latest research findings by Irish researchers.

How can I submit my paper to Lenus?

Please register on Lenus and contact the HSE Library to request access to submit your work.

How long has Lenus been available?
Lenus was launched in February 2009 at the AGM of the Health Science Libraries Group, a section of the Library Association of Ireland.  Lenus has been freely available online since 2009.

What is Open Access Publishing?

Open Access stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse.  Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals.  Although many researchers can access the journals they need via their organisation or Library and therefore think that their access is free, in reality it is not. The Library has often been involved in lengthy negotiations around the price of their site license, and re-use of this content is limited.