All entries for December 2007

December 19, 2007

From working paper to publication

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Our Economics departments' working papers are already online. They are a rich source of content with which to populate our repository, but we would want to link them to actual published articles wherever possible. So we're also currently investigating how to find out if and where those papers were published.

The RePEc database is very handy for looking up further details of some of them, but a Google search picks up results from RePEc and also from publisher websites, so is more useful if you know what you're looking for in the results. Its not going to be a simple enough task for the student workers to do, though.

December 10, 2007

Is it published? It depends on your perspective!

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If a journal article is made available in an institutional repository, is it published? It's a topic I've been tackling for our repository FAQs page, because it has come up in our meetings with pilot departments. It is not considered published by most funders' requirements, nor is "publication" by a repository sufficient to impress on an academics' CV. It is publication enough in the sense of registering the intellectual property rights to a piece of work, however. This can be good in some fields, because it will help to establish who is working on which theories. In other fields, early publication in a repository is not necessarily a good thing as it might jeopardise chances of publication in key, peer reviewed journals.

If something is published in pre-print form on the repository, does that mean that it is therefore already published, so not original work under publishers' terms and conditions? After speaking to the British Psychological Society, it would seem to be so in some cases. They only allow deposit of post-prints in institutional repositories. They would not accept a journal article for publication that had already been made available on an institutional repository, even though we librarians and repository managers might consider that to be merely publication with a small "p". So for some subject areas we would not want to encourage the deposit of pre-prints, but wait for the publishers' acceptance, and encourage the authors to deposit post-prints.

Meanwhile, in Economics they have a culture of sharing working papers, so pre-print deposits in the repository are a continuation of the same practice of academics registering their ongoing work and ideas in their field.

It seems that different disciplines across the University are going to require very different advice and practices as regards depositing in the WRAP repository.


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This is the first entry on our new WRAP project blog. I've linked to our project website for anyone looking for basic information about WRAP. Basically it stands for the Warwick Research Archive Project. We're a JISC repository start-up project, and we're establishing an institutional repository at the University of Warwick.

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