Supporting research: from initial projects to the publication of findings

The libraries’ department of services for research and researchers supports the academic community, from the initial project phase right up to the publication of results.

Committed to open science

From its institutional open archive LillOA and HAL platform to the publishing advice it provides on choosing an open access journal, and from its backing of ANR and H2020 projects to its support for the management and dissemination of research data, libraries are committed to the development of an open science policy through various awareness-raising initiatives, including Fabrique de la Science ouverte and WillO, and active participation in networks.

Focus on project support

Supporting publication initiatives

Libraries are important contributors to the academic journal publishing policy implemented at the University of Lille. In collaboration with the Department for promoting academic output, it supports journal initiatives by highlighting and disseminating their content as well as assisting in their retrospective digitisation efforts. It also offers help to researchers in identifying predatory publishers and with questions linked to publication charges.

Exploring new approaches

In partnership with research projects, libraries experiment with new approaches to accessing documentary corpora (partnership with INA...), exploiting bibliographical data (e.g. support in conducting systematic reviews, experimentation with data from and text and data mining. It helps raise awareness and train researchers in these areas, in particular by inviting national operators to participate.

Disseminating theses in all formats

Combining the skills of the ANRT and library staff enables us to offer a unique range of services when it comes to disseminating theses in all formats: publication of University of Lille theses on the Pépite platform, retrospective digitalisation, printing services for thesis copies prior to defence, and an à-la-carte thesis service open to all successful PhD candidates for the publication of their thesis in book format.

Contributing to the visibility of academic output

In line with its commitment to open science, libraries contribute to the development of a comprehensive ecosystem to enhance the visibility of the work of researchers. It participates in the services provided by the Lillometrics platform, in collaboration with the department for promoting academic output and the CHU de Lille (university hospital). It oversees monitoring of researcher referencing and their inclusion in the university directory, as well as offering them support with these objectives.  

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Active involvement in national and international networks

Libraries' team plays an active role in national and international networks by contributing to open science and services for the benefit of research: it co-chairs LIBER, oversees the ADBU research committee, actively participates in the open science committee, contributes to Couperin's open science working group, is an associate member of Open Aire and CollEx-Persée, and sits on the ORCID France executive committee.

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Digitisation services

The national workshop for the reproduction of theses (ANRT) became part of the SCD in 2018 and conducts digitisation projects at the request of researchers or institutions. It is a potential partner for CollEx-Persée calls for proposals and provides support to researchers, from the initial stage where they identify their needs right up to the delivery of the digital files. With cutting-edge equipment, the ANRT has already digitised 3 million pages and has 15 years’ experience in the digitisation of heritage collections.

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Expertise in doctoral training

Libraries have significant experience coordinating doctoral training courses in scientific and technical information at a regional level and collaborates with the libraries at the University of Artois, the ULCO and the UPHF as part of the joint initiative put in place by the doctoral college previously part of ComUE Lille Nord de France. It offers training modules and seminars to doctoral students covering various aspects of scientific activities, particularly with a focus on open science. It also helps organise the doctoral college’s conference at the beginning of the academic year.


digitised pages


projects benefited from initial support in 2019


staff members working in the department


doctoral students trained in 2019