Self Archiving / Repositories
Depositing your work in a repository makes it visible, searchable, and more accessible to other researchers: it increases usage and impact, and evidence shows it boosts citations.
Although your work may be published in a high-profile journal, it is not likely to be reaching all potential readers who want to make use of your findings in their own research and publications. Sometimes this is because the high cost of journals means that the institution or researcher cannot afford a subscription. In other cases difficulties arise in finding and accessing articles that are locked behind barriers. Making material openly accessible through a repository allows it to be searchable by engines such as Google; it increases readership, use, and impact, and results in earlier and more frequent citations.
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