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Open archives: A few landmarks

Growing numbers of institutions are setting up their own repositories to archive and disseminate their researchers’ scientific output. This guide explains what is an open archive, what it is used for and how it can be improved.


  • A scholarly publishing Crisis with increasingly high journal subscription fees.
  • The scientific community’s Desire to reclaim ownership of its research results.
  • An Initiative to make it possible for researchers to self-archive and access publications.

A few figures

Number of Open Archives indexed worldwide in December 2013:

A little bit of history