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Scholarly Communication: Repositories

Your guide to quality information on communicating as a scholar.

Research Repositories

Research repositories are online spaces for managing research outputs. Authors may choose or be required by funders to deposit research outputs in a public repository. There are different types of research repositories, including:

Institutional repositories

Research outputs from one institution are collected, managed and shared. Most universities now have their own IR; here at Otago we have OUR Archive

Discipline-based repositories

Otago researchers already contribute to a range of international, subject-based repositories, e.g. arXiv (physics, maths, and computer science) and CiteSeerX (computer science).

Institutional Research Repositories or IRRs or IRs

IRs compliment traditional research publishing models. They also offer a range of benefits:

Safe storage: your research is stored in a secure and stable environment

Accessibility:Access to your research can be managed and measured

Greater discovery / exposure: your research will be more visible to a wider audience because it can be more easily found by Google and Google Scholar

Tracking use: IRs track how often your research is viewed and downloaded (useful for funding and job applications or promotion)

Publishers' policies

Find out which publishers allow authors to "self-archive" their research in a repository by searching the Sherpa/Romeo database of publishers' default policies.

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OUR Archive

OUR Archive is the University of Otago's research repository. It is a gateway to Otago's research outputs, including:

  • PhD and Master's theses
  • Published research
  • Unpublished research
  • Preprints 

Check out the latest research that has been added to OUR Archive.


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New Zealand repositories