Open access repositories

Benefits

More Exposure and Visibility

Repositories make your work available to everyone who may be interested. A growing body of evidence shows that, as a result of being openly accessible, publications are cited more frequently.

Universal Access

While an article published in a journal may be available to only a few hundred subscribers, the same article when also posted in a repository is available to all, greatly enhancing the public value of research.

Easier Information Discovery

By opening their content to service providers such as Google, Google Scholar, and OCLC, repositories allow Web users to search every item they hold.

New Computational Research Techniques

Digital repositories open the door to new computational research techniques and pathways, such as text mining, creation of text-data linkages, and identifying and visualizing relationships that are not otherwise observed.

Persistent Access

By depositing your works in a repository, they will have persistent URLs (a reference URL) that will never change — no more dead links. Unlike items on ever-changing personal Web sites, works in repositories are available to whoever needs them, whenever needed.

Long-Term Preservation

Digital repositories are managed by your library, which is committed to long-term access to and preservation of the collection. The library will ensure ongoing maintenance and back-ups.

Wide Range of Content

Digital repositories collect more than just journal publications; they also collect other types of materials, such as conference proceedings, images, and sometimes research data — enabling you to integrate and provide access to a wide range of materials.

From (2008) Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Greater Reach for your Research brochure.

Open Doors and Open Minds

What faculty authors can do to ensure open access to their work through their institution

This White Paper is addressed to faculty and administrators of academic institutions who support equitable access to scholarly research and knowledge, and who believe that the institution can play an important role as steward of the scholarly literature produced by its faculty. This paper discusses both the motivation and the process for establishing a binding institutional policy that automatically grants a copyright license from each faculty member to permit deposit of his or her peer-reviewed scholarly articles in institutional repositories, from which the works become available for others to read and cite.

Links to open repositories

Self-archive your research to an institutional or subject-based repository to ensure long-term preservation and access.