Yesterday, I presented at the OhioLINK Subject Librarians Webinar: Researcher Services. The focus of my talk was the types of services an institutional repository can offer to undergrads with a research agenda. In preparation for this presentation, I took a hard look at the benefits undergrads can receive from posting in an IR, like CORE Scholar.
First, undergrads are able to include papers, presentations, posters, and data in our repository. By doing so, students are making their materials available to a worldwide audience. We are hopeful that this will help them while job hunting or applying to graduate school. Second, they have the opportunity to publish an article in an open access peer reviewed journal. Lastly, we are educating these users at an early stage of their careers about authors’ rights and open access. These students are future faculty, scholars, and researchers. If we can get them to understand the importance of author’s rights and open access now, it will be normal practice for them to seek out open access journals, question publisher’s policies, and ask for rights to use their articles as they wish.
There are more benefits that we hope to offer undergrads as our IR develops. We are looking to include the ability to add Creative Commons licenses, use ORCID identifiers, and altmetrics. If you would like to learn more or get a copy of my presentation, please don’t hesitate to contact me (email@example.com).