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April 01, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 7)

Institutional Archives Registry

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With a name that sounds like it houses ancient personnel files, buried in the basement of a dusty university building, Institutional Archives Registry has a bit of PR work cut out for it self in the name department. On the site’s About page, one learns that the registry tracks the number and size of open access eprint archives. With this archiving, authors of scientific papers can self-archive the full text of the entire work and make it available for everyone to see. At the site, one can view plots of publication numbers in over 500 publications/databases currently archived. Hyperlinks to each publication make access easy. Indeed, it is the hyperlinks to these publications that seem to be the primary advantage of the site. I had a hard time understanding why the numerical plots were of use.
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