ongoing dissemination and reuse of content, there are opportunities to advance
the research enterprise and share its fruits far more widely than has ever been
The NIH Public Access Policy is advancing PubMed Central’s repository
services and together the policy and the repository infrastructure are beginning
to demonstrate the value of new approaches to managing and sharing research
results. However, a further suite of policy developments—at institutions and
other organizations—will be required to allow the emergence of a next
generation of linked repositories and services. The technology elements are
largely already in place or relatively easy to develop. Creating the necessary
environment for assigning limited copyrights to institutions will require a more
complex and multi-faceted series of investments by a range of stakeholders,
especially research institutions. Many of the most important next steps have
now been clarified thanks to the ongoing implementation process for the NIH
policy. What remains is to act on the ideas presented here. ARL will be working
with member libraries on how best to move closer to the ideal repository
environment, one that effectively incorporates the requirements of research
funders as well as the interests of research institutions.
For more details on the PubMed Central ingest process, see “Submission Methods,” National Institutes of
Health Public Access, http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process.htm.
For descriptions of these programs, see “What are a journal’s options for depositing articles in PubMed
Central?” in “PMC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs),” PubMed Central,
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/about/faq.html#q15. For a list of participating journals, see “Journals
That Submit All NIH-Funded Final Published Articles to PubMed Central,” National Institutes of Health
Public Access, http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm.
See Ellen Duranceau and Ivy Anderson, “Author-Rights Language in Library Content Licenses” in this
issue of RLI.
To cite this article: Karla Hahn. “Achieving the Full Potential of Repository
Deposit Policies.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and
SPARC, no. 263 (April 2009): 24–32. http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/
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