Programme boosts Canadian research reach

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The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) have launched a campaign to encourage Canadian authors to use their campus digital repository to increase the use and impact of their research outputs.

The “Greater Reach for Your Research” campaign brochure emphasises the practical benefits of repositories. These include greater exposure for researchers’ articles, universal access to research literature, and long-term preservation. Citation research has shown that articles posted to a digital repository are cited more frequently than articles appearing only in journals, points out the brochure.

'Digital repositories are critical in the rapidly changing context of research dissemination – especially in light of access policies being implemented by funding agencies, such as CIHR,' said Carol Hixson, university librarian at University of Regina and chair of the CARL Institutional Repositories Working Group. 'The Greater Reach initiative will raise awareness among libraries and faculty of how these emerging repository services are improving the visibility and impact of research outputs.'