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Scholarly Communication

Journal Metrics, Tools for Authors, Data Management Plans, Open Access Publishing, Institutional Repositories, Current Awareness

History and development of IRs

The SPARC position paper

Paper by Clifford Lynch "Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age" ARL, no. 226 (February 2003): 1-7.

An article in Nature by Ann Wolpert, MIT librarian  

Information Today feature article by Miriam A. Drake                                            


Software to create IRs

Keeping up with research in IRs

in keeping with the spirit of "Open Access," here are two resources that will help you keep up-to-date on Insitutional Repositories

D-Lib Magazine  a free publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues. D-Lib Magazine appeals to a broad technical and professional audience.

E-Prints in Library and Information Science                                                                                                                                                      E-E-LIS is the largest international document repository for full text scientific papers in Library and Information Science. E-LIS is organised, managed and maintained by an international team of librarians.

What are Institutional Repositories?

 The definition of Institutional Repositories from the New World Encyclopedia is a good starting point:

An Institutional Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating, in digital form, the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution. For a university, this would include materials such as research journal articles, peer reviews, and digital versions of theses and dissertations, but it might also include other digital assets generated by normal academic life, such as administrative documents, course notes, or learning objects. An institutional repository is published online and is basically open to the public. While most academic journal articles are available only to subscribers and not retrievable by general search engines, such as Google, research papers in an institutional repository are fully accessible by the public free of charge and are accessible by general search engines. Popular software such as DSpace, EPrints, and Bepress are also open sources. As of January 2009, there are about 1,239 institutional repositories in the world.

Resources for finding IRs

DOAR (The Directory of Open Acccess Repositories)

Institutional Repository search (UK)

Ranking Web of World Repositories

Registry of Open Access Repositories

Scirus (an Elsevier product) provides access to scientists’ homepages, institutional repositories and pre-print serves in additional to journal articles.

Tools for IRs

Open Archives Initiative "The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. OAI has its roots in the open access and institutional repository movements. Continued support of this work remains a cornerstone of the Open Archives program. Over time, however, the work of OAI has expanded to promote broad access to digital resources for eScholarship, eLearning, and eScience."

Sherpa Romeo Summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.

Data Repositories