Criteria for inclusion in OpenDOAR

While OpenDOAR welcomes suggestions of additions to the authoritative directory of academic open access repositories, not all meet the criteria for listing on OpenDOAR.

For example, the repository or digital archive cannot be an open access journal, back issues of an open access journal or a journal portal – these are eligible for inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).  In addition, the repository cannot be a library catalogue or a portal of links that lead to papers deposited on another site.

These are three main criteria for inclusion in the service:

  • The repository must already contain full-text documents, images or re-usable data
  • The repository must allow free access to the contents without the user needing to register and log in
  • The information in the repository must be of interest to academic researchers

If you know of an academic open access repository that meets the OpenDOAR criteria, please use this online form to suggest it:  if your suggestion doesn’t appear check that it does fit the criteria and email OpenDOAR if you think that it does. As suggestions are checked by human beings, inclusion in OpenDOAR is not instant!


OA activity reflected by OpenDOAR

As an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories, OpenDOAR may sometimes reflect trends in OA activity.  For example, CRC staff have noticed an increase in the number of repositories in Turkey over the past year. This reflects both a national initiative to preserve its academic outputs launched by the Turkish Higher Education Council in 2014, and the requirement by OpenAIRE that a repository must be registered on OpenDOAR in order to be compliant.

If you are interested in exploring other repository trends, you will find the OpenDOAR charts dashboard helpful as it provides options to query a range of repository attributes.

OpenDOAR Charts dashboard


Jisc SHERPA Services Survey

In January Jisc invited members of UK-CORR (the professional organisation for UK open access repository administrators and managers) to contribute to a survey to better understand how people use SHERPA Services, how they can be developed in line with user needs, and to look at options for sustainability.  The results indicate that the Services are liked, needed and valued and the level of detail provided will help shape the future of SHERPA Services.  The CRC is very grateful to those members of UK-CORR who completed the survey.