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Open Access Toolkit: Institutional and Subject repositories

Institutional repositories

Institutional repositories are digital collections of the research outputs created within a research institution.

  • Although most institutional repositories aim to make research outputs openly available, they usually contain a combination of:
        • Open Access (OA) full text
        • Embargoed full text
        • Metadata only records which contain bibliographic information about the research outputs, with links to published versions
  • Research publications included in institutional repositories may or may not be peer-reviewed.
  • Publishers policies on versions of outputs permitted in institutional repositories may include pre-prints, post-prints and published versions. See What version? on the 'UWA Profiles and Research Repository' page in this guide for more information.
  • The research publications in most institutional repositories are distributed globally and searchable on the Web.

The UWA Profiles and Research Repository showcases the institutional research outputs of UWA.

Find institutional repositories

Subject repositories

Subject repositories (also known as centralised or discipline repositories) are digital collections of the research outputs within particular subject areas or disciplines, developed specifically to meet the needs of these communities.

  • Research publications included in subject repositories may or may not be peer-reviewed.
  • The research publications in most subject repositories are distributed globally and searchable on the Web.
Find subject repositories in your research area

Use the first two links to find OA subject repositories in your research area. The additional links are a sample of the many subject repositories which exist.

Subject repositories

This video features two researchers discussing the benefits of UK PubMed Central. This subject repository for the biomedical and health research community has recently been renamed Europe PubMed Central.

Institutional repositories

In this video, Columbia University Librarian James Neal, discusses the role institutional repositories are playing in the scholarly communication system.