Open Access week 2014: Repositories

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by Nicki Clarkson.

Our research repository, ePrints Soton, plays a key role in open access at the University of Southampton.

We mentioned in our previous blog post that articles can be published as ‘gold’ open access (where an Article Processing Charge or APC may be required) or as ‘green’ open access. This is where the publisher allows a version of an article, often the author accepted manuscript, to be uploaded to a repository without the payment of an APC.

Not only does ePrints Soton provide full text access to gold open access articles, it also enables authors to make their research free to read via the green open access route.

ePrints Soton (which runs using the open source EPrints software developed at the University of Southampton) currently contains around 24,000 open access outputs from researchers at the University. These are mostly journal articles, conference papers & proceedings and theses, but also include art and design items, datasets, music items, patents, working papers, reports, book sections and whole books as shown in the chart below:

 

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If you are a researcher our LibGuides pages will help you to upload full text copies of your papers to ePrints Soton. We can also help you identify journal embargo periods, which can be automatically set when you upload your research to ePrints.

Uploading your research to ePrints helps increase visibility: ePrints results are readily found via Google searches, and also through DelphiS, our library discovery tool – so far there have been over 6 million downloads from the repository.

Records on ePrints display both altmetrics and download statistics on their summary page, for example http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/63844/

The top download from ePrints is Pugh, D.T.  (1996)  Tides, surges and mean sea-level, an out of print book where the author owns the copyright. The top downloads this month (October 2014) include five theses (one with underpinning data), one journal article, one workshop presentation, one book, one conference proceedings and one report.

If you have any questions about ePrints Soton, or open access in general, please email eprints@soton.ac.uk  or have a look at our Library webpages.

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