Open access research
publication repository

ABOUT R-libre

Origin and Purpose

R-libre stems from an initiative by TELUQ's faculty. In Fall 2013, they made a commitment, by unanimous vote of all the four departments, to start depositing their scientific articles in an institutional repository. They also stated their interest in depositing their previously published articles, as well as other types of works resulting from their research activities.

In response to this initiative, R-libre was officially launched in September 2013. Soon after, Ms. Ginette Legault, then head of TELUQ, signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.

How it works

R-libre is based on self-archiving. TELUQ professors deposit documents resulting from their research activities. In counterpart, TELUQ offers various measures to support professors in their deposits, including bibliographic verification by library staff. TELUQ also deposits its students' dissertations and theses, with their authorization.

R-libre is supervised by the Open Access committee, composed of:

  • Leila El Kamel;
  • Daniel Lemire;
  • Patrick Plante;
  • François Pichette.


On the technical side, R-libre is the result of a collaboration between several offices (service technopédagogique, service des technologies de l'information, direction des affaires académiques), with notable contributions from Marc Couture, Steve Maranda, Isabelle Pelletier, and Louis-Marius Pineau. The project also benefitted from the precious collaboration of Mylène Lalonde and Maude Pouliot (bibliothèque), Annie Lachance (service de la recherche), the professors who gladly agreed to test the then not-fully implemented system, and Minh-Quang Nguyen (service des bibliothèques de l'UQAM).

All text in the R-libre interface (Web pages, forms, etc.) is by Marc Couture, based in part on his previous work (in collaboration with Chantal Bouthat) for Archipel, UQAM's repository. François Pichette reviewed the English-language pages.

R-libre uses the EPrints 3 software, developed by Southampton University's School of Electronics and Computer Science.

April 11, 2019 - version 3.4.0