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Paul Royster (2008) Publishing Original Content in an Institutional Repository, Serials Review, 34:1, 27-30

doi 10.1080/00987913.2008.10765148


Preprint version of an article submitted November 28, 2007, to Serials Review, and accepted for publication in a special issue on “Open Access Revisited” (2008). Copyright © 2007 Paul Royster.


Institutional repositories (IRs) have been developed and promoted primarily as a means to re-publish scholarly content previously published elsewhere—usually in journals, festschriften, or collections of articles. This essay discusses the use of IRs as the originating publisher of materials not previously published elsewhere, and assesses their potential use as a viable “first resort” for scholarly publication and an already existing alternative to traditional commercial or university presses.