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Lincoln Repository 7th July 2009


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A brief outline presentation of institutional repositories, why we use them, who supports them, and what the benefits are.

A brief outline presentation of institutional repositories, why we use them, who supports them, and what the benefits are.

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  • 1. The Lincoln Repository
  • 2. What is Open Access? “free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship, as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.”
  • 3. Open Access repositories: Originally subject-based, within the science community. (Cornell University, est.1991. Alexa rank 15,056, now has over 540,000 articles)
  • 4. £14m JISC investment in repositories and preservation in UK HE 2006-9.
  • 5. 109 Institutional Repositories in the UK, over 1100 worldwide (ROAR and OpenDOAR)
  • 6. • European Research Council (FP7) • 7 of 8 RCUK Research Councils http:// • Wellcome Trust and other funders… …require funded researchers to deposit their work in an Institutional or subject-specific Repository. In addition, the UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Science & Technology and the European University Association (EUA) both formally recommend mandating the deposit of research publications in an Open Access Institutional Repository.
  • 7. Growing number of institutional mandates, e.g. UCL:
  • 8. The Research Excellence Framework (successor to RAE) will use metrics such as citations in some disciplines to inform expert review of outputs:
  • 9. Depositing research articles in OA repositories has a citation/impact advantage (depending on discipline): Repository content is search engine friendly. …and depositing requires minimal effort.
  • 10. What about publishers? Around 65% of publishers (90% of journal publishers) have repository-friendly policies.
  • 11. If in doubt, deposit full text (both at pre-print and post-print stage). Metadata is public and searchable. Full text can be embargoed in accordance with publisher policy.
  • 12. Beneficiaries of OA Repositories include: society (access) institution (shop window, preservation) academic (organising work, increasing profile, dissemination, importing feeds to website)