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Availability and accessibility in an open access institutional repository

Title: Availability and accessibility in an open access institutional repository: A case study.
Name(s): Lee, Jongwook, author
Burnett, Gary, 1955-, author
Baeg, Jung Hoon, author
Vandegrift, Micah, author
Morris, Richard Jack, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2015
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Introduction. This study explores the extent to which an institutional repository (IR) makes papers available and accessible on the open web by using 170 journal articles housed in DigiNole Commons, the IR at Florida State University. Method. To analyze the IR's impact on availability and accessibility, we conducted independent known-item title searches on both Google and Google Scholar (GS) to search for faculty publications housed in DigiNole Commons. Analysis. The extent to which the IR makes articles available and accessible was measured quantitatively, and the findings that cannot be summarized with numbers were analyzed qualitatively. Results. Google and GS searches provided links to DigiNole metadata for a total of 145 (85.3%) of 170 items, and to full texts for 96 (96%) of 100 items. With one exception, access to either metadata or full text required no more than three clicks. Conclusions. Overall, the results confirm the contribution of the IR in making papers available and accessible. The results also reveal some impediments to the success of OA: including impediments linked to contractual arrangements between authors and publishers, impediments linked to policies, practices, and technologies governing the IR itself, and the low level of faculty participation in the IR.
Identifier: FSU_migr_slis_faculty_publications-0027 (IID)
Keywords: open access, institutional repository
Note: This is the authors accepted manuscript of the article, which will be published in Information Research in 2015. Metadata about the published article will be updated as it is assigned. © is retained by the Authors.
Citation: Lee, J., Burnett, G., Baeg, J., Vandegrift, M., & Morris, R. (2015). Availability and accessibility in an open access institutional repository: a case study. Information Research. (Accepted)
Subject(s): Information science
Library science
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: iSchool Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Information Research.

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Lee, J., Burnett, G., Baeg, J. H., Vandegrift, M., & Morris, R. J. (2015). Availability and accessibility in an open access institutional repository: A case study. Information Research. Retrieved from