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Instituional repository


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Instituional repository

  1. 1. Maintaining and Growing ScHOLAR, Texas Tech School of Law’s Institutional Repository
  2. 2. “a university-based institutional repository is a set of services that a university offers to the members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members. It is most essentially an organizational commitment to the stewardship of these digital materials, including long-term preservation where appropriate, as well as organization and access or distribution.” Lynch, Clifford (2003). Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age. A bimonthly Report on Research Library Issues and Actions for ARL, CNI, and SPARC
  3. 3. What is “Open Access” “Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” Peter Suber (2004, revised 2010;
  4. 4. Benefits of submission of articles to institutional repositories  Benefits to faculty member/author  Benefits to the University  Benefits to the end-user
  5. 5. Benefits to Faculty Authors  Increased dissemination and readership of research  Increased citation Laurence, Steve (2001). Free online availability substantially increases a paper's impact, Nature, 411, 6837, p. 521, 2001.
  6. 6. Benefits to the University  Increases University visibility  Attracts potential scholars, donors, and students to the University  Preserves “gray matter” of the University Donovan, James M. and Watson, Carol A., Behind a Law School’s Decision to Implement an Institutional Repository (March 4, 2008). Available at SSRN: or
  7. 7. Obstacles to Submission  Law faculty have many competing demands for their time  Some Law faculty may be concerned with possible copyright issues
  8. 8. Solutions  Provide library assistance with the submission process  Provide faculty with Sherpa- Romeo journal list