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Open Access Toolkit: Self-Archiving via Repositories

Use this guide to learn more about Open Access publications, funding, metrics, etc.

Institutional Repositories

Publishing in an Open Access Journal is one way of providing people with freely available access to your research.  Another way you can make your content openly available is via Institutional or Subject Repositories.  These repositories house, preserve, make accessible and license content held within them.  They are also known for providing usage data and access to files.

Before putting a published work into a repository, first ensure that you can do so legally by (a) consulting  SHERPA  RoMEO to Learn about specific publisher policies related to self-archiving or (b) guaranteeing your right to self-archive by using an Author Addendums when signing a publishing contract (These addendums are used to modify publishing contracts and grant you the right to self archive.)

After checking on your right to self-archive, next choose a relevant repository.  Brandon University has an Institutional Repository known as IRBU that accepts content.  

There are also many subject repositories.

Disciplinary Repositories

Lists repositories by discipline.  Includes links to some International ones where English may not be the first language.

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) 

Lists repositories and has information about each including statistical deposit activity.  


Repository for Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology


Repository for biology, life sciences.

CERN Document Server

High Energy Physics


Repository for Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Neurology, Biology




Data Repository for all disciplines

Open Science Frameworks

Scholarly commons to connect entire research cycle.  Include General Repository for all disciplines

Peer J Preprints

Biology, Life, Medical and Computer Science


Repository for Philosophy Papers


Repository for Research into the Philosophy of Science

PubMed Central 

Major Medical Repository hosted by the National Institute of Health's National Library of Medicine


Major Economics repository with links to papers, and other information Economists wish to share.

Social Science Research Network 

Social Sciences Repository that includes listings by discipline

The Winnower

General Repository for all disciplines.  Can be used to solicit feedback, revise work and assign a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to the final work.


Accepts any file format from all disciplines. Provides DOI, supports harvesting of content via OAI-PMH, enables researchers to build their own collections.  Builts on CERN and OpenAIRE, materials are archived on the CERN Document Server and enables researcher in Europe to report research funded by OpenAIRE.  OIn future grants support will be extended elsewhere.

Retaining Copyright with Author's Addendums

signing an 


In order to know your rights as an author consult this guide.  It is very informative for any author.


Creative Commons Licenses

CC licenses were designed to allow Creators to share their work under certain conditions and these licenses override default restrictions in copyright law. They are particularly useful in licensing open access to non traditional publications such as data, open educational resources, , (etc) as they can be added to a wide variety of web pages, social media sites and are widely used in repositories.

All CC Licenses allow for Reuse and Redistribution of a work – after that there are  alternative licenses based upon the following:

  • Attribution: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work — and derivative works based upon it — but only if they give you credit.
  •  Noncommercial: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work — and derivative works based upon it — but for noncommercial purposes only.
  •  No Derivative works: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
  •  Share Alike: You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

All content licenesd under a Creative Commons License can be Reused or Redistributed (i.e.Shared with others - such as in a Course Pack) without the need to contact the copyright holder.  If you want to modify it in any fashion, you will need to ensure that the license does not contain a No Derivatives Works clause - which prevents others from either Remixing or Revising the content.   You would want to have the right to make Derivative works if you wanted to:

  • Translate a work into a different language
  • Change it to suit local need (e.g. Modify it for learners at different stages of their education)
  • Change formats (e.g. make an audio recording of a text)
  • Mix the content in one OER with the content from another to make something new (e.g. take chapters or articles and put them together in an anthology.)

Creative Commons Licesnse that allows for the making of Derivative Works (i.e. Open Educational Resources) generally include on of three types of Creative Commons Licenses:

  • Attribution License – Have the ability to do all the 4Rs PROVIDED that you give attribution to original author.
  • Attribution Share-Alike License - Same as above AND all Derivative works must be shared under the same conditions that the original author shared with you.
  • Attribution Share-Alike Non-Commercial License - Same as previous HOWEVER you are forbidden to use your derivative work to make money.
 Note that “While 'open'…may mean 'without cost', it does not on the other hand, means 'without conditions' as you will need to give Attribution, Share your Derivative work, etc.