How to archive in a repository?

If you are planning to publish your paper in a conventional journal without open access, you often still have the chance to place the results of your research in a repository. This way, your work gains visibility, becomes reachable for everybody with online access, and promotes re-use and citation.

Repositories make use of the fact that while publishers employing the classic subscription model restrict the spread of articles published in their journals, they often still allow making pre-prints, post-prints, working papers or technical reports accessible.  At some journals, it is also possible to upload the last submitted version of a paper after a period of time.  To find out more about permissions normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement, visit SHERPA /RoMEO. Here you can search for your publishing journal and your rights to archive your pre-print, post-print, embargo times etc.

Mainly, there are two different sorts of repositories that you can choose between:

So called subject repositories specialize in the dissemination of specific fields of science. An example of such an extensive subject repository is, holding more than 900.000 e-prints mainly in physics, mathematics, computer science and quantitative biology. Several scientists at IST Austria have already uploaded numerous pre- or post-prints onto one of the platforms. If you are still looking for an appropriate subject repository, have a look at OpenDOAR, an authoritative directory of quality-controlled academic open access repositories.

Institutional repositories have been established to provide open access to institutional research output and to enhance the visibility of an institution's scholarly research.  More and more universities and research institutes are following the idea of storing and preserving their research results, independent of restrictions by publishers. IST Austria also offers the service of reliable archiving for its scientists. Please visit our IST PubRep.  


If you are planing to make use of the IST-repository, or you need help in finding a suitable subject repository, please feel free to contact your  IST Austria Library.



OA publication repositories used by researchers at IST Austria:
IST PubRep
PubMed Central
Cryptology ePrint Archive