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Accessibility and self-archiving of conference articles: A study on a selection of Swedish institutional repositories

Linde, Peter; Eriksson, Jörgen LU ; Kullman, Lars; Fathli, Margareta; Karlsson, Klemens; Sikström, Marjatta; Sköld, Ylva and Tång, Ingela (2011) In Information Services & Use 31. p.259-269
Abstract
The main purpose of this project has been to examine the accessibility of refereed conference articles and the OAand

publishing policies of conferences in order to in this way elucidate different aspects concerning self-archiving in Swedish

institutional repositories. For this purpose, the project participants have examined a number of conferences and references to

conference articles via their institutional repositories during a specific time period and described these from the perspective

of a common scheme. The study has showed that the local institutional repositories fill an important role to make conference

publications visible. We have found that ca. 50% of the conference papers can be... (More)
The main purpose of this project has been to examine the accessibility of refereed conference articles and the OAand

publishing policies of conferences in order to in this way elucidate different aspects concerning self-archiving in Swedish

institutional repositories. For this purpose, the project participants have examined a number of conferences and references to

conference articles via their institutional repositories during a specific time period and described these from the perspective

of a common scheme. The study has showed that the local institutional repositories fill an important role to make conference

publications visible. We have found that ca. 50% of the conference papers can be published as postprints in our institutional

repositories. We have noticed that ca. 15% or the studied conference articles are not available at all. It is, therefore, of great

importance to use local institutional repositories as a publishing channel, not only for primary published material such as

dissertations and reports, but also as a source for finding these conference articles “without a home”. Between 20–25% of the

examined articles were found in some type of OA archive; ca. half of these were found in one of the project participants’ own

institutional repositories. This indicates that the publishing database of respective higher education institution is an important

factor for open accessibility. Ca. 10% of the conferences in the study had an explicit OA policy or expressed such a policy

by openly making conference articles accessible on their conference sites. A big problem when it comes to self-archiving of

conference articles is the lack of information about OA policy. The landscape of conference publishing is complex and the selfarchiving

of documents from conferences is very time-consuming. Above all, we would wish a policy resource for conferences

similar to the SHERPA/RoMEO. At present, however, there is no other alternative than scrutinizing the conferences’ copyright

information to the authors and from this attempt to draw conclusions about possible self-archiving.

To facilitate the future handling and classification of conference articles in Swedish institutional repositories a number of

recommendations are suggested (Less)
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Open Access, conference articles, institutional repositories, self-archiving
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Information Services & Use
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31
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259 - 269
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0167-5265
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10.3233/ISU-2012-0656
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publishing policies of conferences in order to in this way elucidate different aspects concerning self-archiving in Swedish<br/><br>
institutional repositories. For this purpose, the project participants have examined a number of conferences and references to<br/><br>
conference articles via their institutional repositories during a specific time period and described these from the perspective<br/><br>
of a common scheme. The study has showed that the local institutional repositories fill an important role to make conference<br/><br>
publications visible. We have found that ca. 50% of the conference papers can be published as postprints in our institutional<br/><br>
repositories. We have noticed that ca. 15% or the studied conference articles are not available at all. It is, therefore, of great<br/><br>
importance to use local institutional repositories as a publishing channel, not only for primary published material such as<br/><br>
dissertations and reports, but also as a source for finding these conference articles “without a home”. Between 20–25% of the<br/><br>
examined articles were found in some type of OA archive; ca. half of these were found in one of the project participants’ own<br/><br>
institutional repositories. This indicates that the publishing database of respective higher education institution is an important<br/><br>
factor for open accessibility. Ca. 10% of the conferences in the study had an explicit OA policy or expressed such a policy<br/><br>
by openly making conference articles accessible on their conference sites. A big problem when it comes to self-archiving of<br/><br>
conference articles is the lack of information about OA policy. The landscape of conference publishing is complex and the selfarchiving<br/><br>
of documents from conferences is very time-consuming. Above all, we would wish a policy resource for conferences<br/><br>
similar to the SHERPA/RoMEO. At present, however, there is no other alternative than scrutinizing the conferences’ copyright<br/><br>
information to the authors and from this attempt to draw conclusions about possible self-archiving.<br/><br>
To facilitate the future handling and classification of conference articles in Swedish institutional repositories a number of<br/><br>
recommendations are suggested},
  author       = {Linde, Peter and Eriksson, Jörgen and Kullman, Lars and Fathli, Margareta and Karlsson, Klemens and Sikström, Marjatta and Sköld, Ylva and Tång, Ingela},
  issn         = {0167-5265},
  keyword      = {Open Access,conference articles,institutional repositories,self-archiving},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {259--269},
  publisher    = {IOS Press},
  series       = {Information Services & Use},
  title        = {Accessibility and self-archiving of conference articles: A study on a selection of Swedish institutional repositories},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/ISU-2012-0656},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2011},
}