The COVID-19 Research Repository has been developed by Public Health Scotland (PHS) with an aim to bring together and provide access to Scottish COVID-19 research on a single shared platform in order to promote Scottish research to an international audience.

The main objectives of the repository are to:

  • make research easier to find
  • raise awareness of Scottish research
  • track, understand and report on the impact of this work
  • reduce duplication of effort
  • encourage a collaborative, cross-sectoral approach to COVID-19 research in Scotland
  • provide full-text open access to research wherever possible
  • ensure permanent preservation of PHS research


We work with a range of partners including:

  • Abertay University
  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Highlands and Islands
  • University of the West of Scotland

Use of the National Library of Medicine MeSH thesaurus

The COVID-19 research repository uses the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus to represent the subject of indexed documents. These are labelled as 'keywords' in this repository.

The MeSH headings included in this repository are periodically reviewed by the Public Health Scotland Knowledge Services team to reflect updates to the MeSH thesaurus.  

MeSH headings are individually selected from the online version of the MeSH thesaurus. Headings have been taken from the 2021 MeSH headings. The MeSH headings used in this repository are reviewed annually to ensure they comply with the current version.

An in-house system of keywords is used to supplement MeSH headings in order to describe some UK-specific terms and phrases. Details of this system may be shared at the discretion of the Public Health Scotland Knowledge Services team.  

Contact Knowledge Services for further information by emailing

Citation referencing style

Citation details for records in this repository are provided in the Harvard referencing style, also known as 'author-date' style.

Citations details are available under the 'Citation' tab within each record.


This repository includes research from a wide range of organisations. Inclusion of research does not denote endorsement of content by Public Health Scotland. Any queries or concerns about content should be directed to the source institution in the first instance. Public Health Scotland accepts no liability for any infringement of intellectual property rights in any material owned by other institutions but will remove such material from public view pending investigation in the event of an allegation of any such infringement.

Last updated: 11 September 2023
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