[Irtalk] Degrees of Openness: Access Restrictions in Institutional Repositories

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Jul 16 15:41:11 SAST 2014

Institutional repositories, green road and backbone of the open access
movement, contain a growing number of items that are metadata without full
text, metadata with full text only for authorized users, and items that are
under embargo or that are restricted to on-campus access. This paper
provides a short overview of relevant literature and presents empirical
results from a survey of 25 institutional repositories that contain more
than 2 million items. *The intention is to evaluate their degree of
openness with specific attention to different categories of documents
(journal articles, books and book chapters, conference communications,
electronic theses and dissertations, reports, working papers) and thus to
contribute to a better understanding of their features and dynamics.* We
address the underlying question of whether this lack of openness is
temporary due to the transition from traditional scientific communication
to open access infrastructures and services, or here to stay, as a basic
feature of the new and complex cohabitation of institutional repositories
and commercial publishing.

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