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1 Open Access & Institutional Repositories Sophia Jones SHERPA University of Nottingham The Library, University of Warwick 18 March 2008

2 Open Access Open Access encourages a wider use of information assets and increases citations An Open Access article can be accessed free of charge by anyone in the world using an internet connection Potential readership is greater than that for articles where the full-text is restricted to subscribers

3 The world of Open Access Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) - …we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose Global movement – Projects & initiatives UK Scene UK OA Repositories (OpenDOAR) - Not an activity in isolation - Differs in funding, staffing & policy models Open Access journals - Directory of Open Access Journals Funding Bodies statements & policies - Supporting or mandating OA deposition

4 Institutional repositories Online sites – Authors deposit scholarly publications – Also referred to as digital repositories No subscription or registration to read Not a substitute for peer-reviewed publication

5 Institutional repositories (cont.) They have greater longevity – Institutions around for longer than individuals Subject repositories more at risk in the long term – From projects ending or individuals losing ability to support IRs allow easier management of information assets – Easier way to capture, store and retrieve research output – Enable efficient use of research Provide readily reusable material – For VLE courses, presentations or auditing purposes

6 Citation Analysis Lokman I. Meho, The Rise and Rise of Citation Analysis(2007), Accepted for publication in Physics World It is a sobering fact that some 90% of papers that have been published in academic journals are never cited. Indeed, as many as 50% of papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, referees and journal editors. (p.1) Publishing a journal article is now only the first step in disseminating or communicating ones work; the Web provides a multitude of methods and tools to publicize its scholarly worth. (p.11) Tim Brody, Citation Analysis in the Open Access World (2004), Interactive Media International The online era has not produced a substitute for the traditional research publication system, but a powerful new supplement to it,

7 Content retrieval Intute Repository Search Oaister



10 Benefits For the institution – Facilitate use & re-use of information assets – Raise profile and prestige of institution For the research community – Free up the communication process – Avoid unnecessary duplication – Assist in global collaboration

11 Benefits (cont.) Researchers - IRs enable a wider global readership - Increase citations (relative between academics, departments and institutions) - Improve long term preservation - Decrease potential plagiarism - Raise personal profile - Contribute to departmental & institutional reputation - Support ease of access for colleagues and students

12 Open Access Journals Make their articles available for free through charging for the publication services before publication Open Access publication charges can be often included within the costs of research funding Hybrid journals, where the subscription version is still sold, but for a supplement - typically around $3000 each, article is made open access Growing number of Open Access Journals (over 3,200) available at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) -

13 Repository landscape in Europe

14 UK Projects, Services and Tools OpenDOAR ROAR RoMEO JULIET Intute Repository Search The Depot UKCoRR DRIVER II RSP

15 OpenDOAR –

16 ROAR -

17 Permission to Archive – SHERPA RoMEO



20 Research Funding Bodies – SHERPA JULIET

21 Intute Repository Search

22 The Depot

23 UKCoRR UK Council of Research Repositories - A group for repository managers by repository managers An independent professional body to allow repository managers to share experiences and discuss issues of common concern To give repository managers a group voice in national discussions and policy development independent of projects or temporary initiatives To grow together as a community and learn from each others experiences Mailing list. Join on line. Membership growing.

24 DRIVER II – European project funded by European Commission SHERPA is partner, led by University of Nottingham. Also involved is UKOLN, University of Bath. To build a virtual, European scale network of existing institutional repositories Search service DRIVER II, continuation from DRIVER

25 RSP Support - On site support Institutional visits Enquiry service Telephone service: Website Resources Resource bank of references Reusable advocacy materials Briefing papers (technical & non-technical) RSP Wiki pages

26 RSP


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