Institutional repositories benefit institutions by supporting information management, aiding in assessment exercises, marketing and publicity, and creating an institutional profile.
Though the benefit of repositories to researchers and authors is often highlighted, the benefit to institutions themselves should also be appreciated. An institutional repository not only supports the reformation of scholarly communication, but also creates a space for the management of research and other outputs. It gives an institution a greater online presence, while promoting research, and helping to demonstrate research value and quality to funding agencies and the general public.
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