May 18, 2022

Research Article: “Global Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repositories – Collection Diversity and Management Issues”

The article linked below was published today by Insights (a UKSG publication).


Global Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repositories – Collection Diversity and Management Issues


Fayaz Ahmad Loan
University of Kashmir, India

Ufaira Yaseen Shah
University of Kashmir, India


Insights 33 (1): 22
DOI: 10.1629/uksg.524


This article discovers the collection diversity of electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) repositories based on key parameters such as regional distribution, subject classification, language diversity, etc. and identifies the critical management issues of the ETD repositories related to collection management, software management, content management and metadata policies. The ETD repositories were identified in the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR). The required data were manually collected from the OpenDOAR and websites of repositories to achieve the prescribed objectives of the study. The data were later tabulated, analysed and interpreted using simple arithmetic techniques.


The study was limited to the ETD repositories available in the OpenDOAR, and findings cannot be generalized across repositories and directories. It provides insights about ETD repositories worldwide, highlights their critical management issues and suggests mechanisms for their sustainable growth and development. This article is purely based on research and its findings are valid for scholars, faculty members, institutions – as well as administrators and managers of the ETD repositories.

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