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Open Access Publishing: Directory of Repositories

The Value of an Institutional Repository

UFV's institutional repository is HarvestIR:

An Institutional Repository (IR) collects, showcases, and preserves an academic institution’s output in digital formats, making things like  institutional publications, faculty publications and research, student theses and projects, special collections, and any other related institutional products permanently available online. An IR can bring significant benefits to an institution, including:

  • increase its visibility on and off campus
  • facilitate community engagement with programs, research, and other projects
  • increase dessemination of faculty research and publications
  • assist in the recruiting of faculty, staff, and students

HarvestIR is part of Arca - a consortial institutional IR consisting of  ten BC post-secondary institutions:

Other local academic IRs include cIRcle at the University of British Columbia, Summit at Simon Fraser University, and UVicSPACE at the University of Victoria.

Ranking, Quality, & Assessment

About Repositories

Open access collections are typically accessed via online digital repositories, which can be broadly classified into the following areas:

Academic Institutional Repositories house and showcase the scholarly output of universities, including faculty publications (journal articles, books, and other research products), theses, digitised special collections and projects, and other institutional related materials. Well-known local examples include UBC's cIRcle and SFU's Summit.

Disciplinary Repositories collect and house the publication output of specific scholarly societies, organisations, and/or disciplines. A prominent example is arXiv.org.

Government Repositories  contain materials produced by governments of varying levels or institutions and organisations under financial sponsorship of governments. An example is the United State's Digital Collections of the National Library of Medicine.

Aggregrating Repositories include or combine repository holdings from multiple institutions and/or organisations.

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of open access repositories. Quality-assurance checks are conducted by project staff (real people) in order to ensure proper analysis of each listing in the directory.

Gateways & Portals

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