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Open Access (OA): Repositories

What is an Institutional repository?

Institutional repositories are digital collections of the output created within a university or research institution. Whilst the purposes of repositories may vary, in most cases they are established to provide Open Access to the institution’s research output. 

The number of institutional repositories around the world is growing rapidly.  See the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) and the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) for detailed figures.

The metadata of each item in these repositories is documented in a standard way so that they are ‘interoperable’. This common protocol is called the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
The contents of all repositories are then indexed by Web search engines such as Google and Google Scholar, creating online Open Access databases of freely-available global research. 

DkIT's Open Access Policy

In December 2015 the Academic Council approved an Open Access (OA) policy for Dundalk Institute of Technology. The policy is intended to make DkIT’s research output, in the form of published scholarly articles and conference proceedings, available to a wider public.

The policy strongly recommends that academic staff and researchers deposit their published work in the DkIT Open Access repository - STÓR

STÓR not only showcases the work of DkIT researchers it also provides a sustainable platform for storage and preservation of the Institute’s research output.


How to upload your article to STÓR

It's really easy to upload your research paper/journal article to STÓR - follow this step-by-step guide.

Open Access and Academic Publishing

Why use Open Access?

Dr.Conor Brady (Department of Humanities) discusses the benefits of Open Access with Lorna O'Connor (Library).

Subject repositories are...

Online archives containing works or data in a particular subject area. They accept work from scholars from any institution.

Well known Subject Repositories include:


Agricultural and Applied Economics

          AgEcon Search

Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics


Computer and Information science


Biomedical from MEDLINE and Science


Research papers in Economics

     RePEc: Research Papers in Economics

Social Sciences



What can I do to support Open Access?

  • Submit your article to an Open Access journal
  • Deposit Open Access versions of your publication in  STÓR DkIT's Open Access Institutional Repository
  • Discuss Open Access with your colleagues to help them to understand and support Open Access
  • Advocate for Open Access with your professional bodies
  • Serve on the editorial board of an Open Access journal
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