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What are Open Access Repositories?

Open Access repositories preserve and provide free access to articles, monographs, data sets, audio, video and other media. Unlike traditional academic publishers, they do not provide editing or peer review services, although they may host and provide access to edited and/or peer-reviewed documents. Repositories, such as UCF's Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship (STARS), are often maintained by an institution for the benefit of its community of scholars and researchers. For example, STARS “exists to publicize, disseminate, and provide ready access to works by, for, and about the University of Central Florida. Administered by the UCF Libraries, STARS is available to host and promote research, creative activity, and institutional outputs to...

  • Ensure persistent access to your work
  • Increase discovery of UCF scholarship and creative endeavors
  • Foster scholarly collaborations with colleagues
  • Document and record UCF's history and progress
  • Discover open access materials and projects created by UCF authors
  • Allow you to share your work while retaining your copyright. If you own the copyright to your work, the copyright for materials uploaded to STARS remains with you.

Funding agencies often require that articles and/or data derived from the research they fund be deposited into an Open Access repository such as STARS. For more information on this, see the Data Management section of this guide.


General Repositories

Subject Specific Repositories