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Status of Open Access Repositories: A Global Perspective

International Journal of Knowledge Management and Practices

Volume 1 Issue 1

Published: 2013
Author(s) Name: Sabha Ali, Sumaira Jan, Iram Amin | Author(s) Affiliation: Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kashmir. India.
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Present study is based on the data gathered from open-DOAR. Data gathered were thoroughly analyzed based on chosen parameters, viz., geographical distribution, software usage, language diversity, operational status, repository type, and subject coverage. Open access (OA) repositories have witnessed potential growth trends particularly in developed countries. On the other hand, developing countries have also shown promising growth rate of open access repositories. This evidently signifies that these nations have become conscious of the need and importance of OA repositories. However, there is still much wider scope for their growth and development. The study provides wider perspective of open access repositories and further, can be enriched by including research facets like, content management policies, and impact of OA repositories on scholarly communication.

Keywords: Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Open Access Repositories, and Directory of Open Access Repositories (Open- DOAR)

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