Friday, November 18, 2011

Online Deposit of the Work of Individual Scholars

A couple of years ago, I began to collect a list of links to places where scholars were depositing copies of their originally print based word.
Ancient World in Open Access Institutional Repositories
I have added to it on and off, but it remains far from comprehensive.  This is increasingly the case as institutions mandate the open access deposit of their faculty's intellectual product.  Likewise funding agencies are often requiring public access to funded research.  Emerging social media efforts such as have simplified the deposit of (if not always the access to) facsimiles of print publicatons and are flooded with new data. is particularly rich in scholars and scholarship on antiquity.  Many others are simple depositing pdf copies of their articles on private webspace.

It is virtually impossible for one person to maintain anything like a comprehensive list, even within a single field, of scholars using these tools to disseminate their work.  I wonder if there is another model, perhaps a wiki, where those who post their own work online, and those who encounter the work of others online could contribute to a cooperatively produced index.  If you have any ideas along these lines, or would like to participate in such an venture, drop me a a line, or post a public comment below.


  1. One thought - to what extent are these various repositories already indexed by Google? I am not sure how open to Google most University IRs are, but one would think that would be desired, right? (Phoebe, garbled brain on Friday)

  2. Yes, on the whole these archives are findable easily enough. But they represent a huge corpus of literature made accessible in open access, and otherwise locked up in print or behind paywalls, so some sort of index seems useful. If such a thing can be done.

  3. Researchers working in Physics and Mathematics, including myself, are using a public repository since many years. Almost every paper is submitted to as a preprint before to be sent to journals for peer-reviewing. I strongly suggest you to visit the site

    where more than 700.000 preprints are easily available in several formats. At the bottom of the homepage you can find details about the arxiv organization as well as a contact link.

  4. Arxiv is well know, but unfortunately the model is not common outside your fields. It is exactly the kind of thing we need in the Humanities.

  5. Why do not ask Cornell University and arxiv organization for an extension of arxiv to humanities? The main problem for extending the arxiv model to biology, chemistry and medicine are patents related to the researchs. It seems to me that very seldomly patents can be applied to your work. A connection with the existing and widely known arxiv system could provide a strong initial impulse to the enterprise.