May 19, 2022

Journal Article: “What Is an Institutional Repository to Do? Implementing Open Access Harvesting Workflows”

The following article was published online earlier today.


What is an Institutional Repository to Do? Implementing Open Access Harvesting Workflows


Rachel Smart
Florida State University


Publications 2019,7(2), 37
DOI: 10.3390/publications7020037


In 2016, Florida State University adopted an institutional Open Access policy, and the library staff were tasked with implementing an outreach plan to contact authors and collect publication post-prints. In 2018, I presented at Open Repositories in Bozeman to share our workflow, methods, and results with the repository community. This workflow utilizes both restricted and open source methods of obtaining and creating research metadata and reaching out to authors to make their work more easily accessible and citable. Currently, post-print deposits added using this workflow are still in the double digits for each year since 2016. Like many institutions before us, participation rates of article deposit in the institutional repository are low and it may be too early in the implementation of this workflow to expect a real change in faculty participation.

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