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Institutional repository

What is an Institutional repository?

An institutional repository of a university is a digital archive designed for storing and disseminating academic resources created by members of the university community.

It gathers and organizes articles, theses, conference papers, and other materials with added metadata for easy searchability. The primary principle is open access, providing free use of materials to the global community.

Repositories also adhere to copyright regulations and ensure long-term preservation, fostering openness, knowledge exchange, and visibility of the university's scholarly legacy.

Publishing in Repositories


Source: based on Koch, M. (2015). Publizieren über das Repositorium der Leibniz Universität Hannover.