Open-access repository

An open repository or open-access repository is a digital platform that holds research output and provides free, immediate and permanent access to research results for anyone to use, download and distribute. To facilitate open access such repositories must be interoperable according to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Search engines harvest the content of open access repositories, constructing a database of worldwide, free of charge available research.

Open-access repositories, such as an institutional repository or disciplinary repository, provide free access to research for users outside the institutional community and are one of the recommended ways to achieve the open access vision described in the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access. This is sometimes referred to as the self-archiving or "green" route to open access.


The benefits of open-access repositories are:


The most frequently used repository software for open repositories according to OpenDOAR are Digital Commons, DSpace and EPrints. Other examples are arXiv, bioRxiv, Dryad, Figshare, Open Science Framework, Samvera, Ubiquity Repositories and invenio (solution used by Zenodo).

See also


  1. ^ Jacobs, Neil (2006). Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Economic Aspects. Elsevier. p. 11. ISBN 9781843342038.
  2. ^ "Open Data, Software and Code Guidelines". Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  3. ^ "About – Open Repositories". Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  4. ^ Swan, Alma. "Open Access institutional repositories: A Briefing Paper (2009)" (PDF). Open Scholarship. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  5. ^ "OpenDOAR Chart - Usage%20of%20Open%20Access%20Repository%20Software%20-%20Worldwide". OpenDOAR. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.

External links

Scholia has a topic profile for Open-access repository.