are several benefits of Institutional Repositories like DRS.
- Promote Wider Access and Visibility - since the DRS is freely accessible
on the Internet, any one have a chance to consult your work.
- Increase citation rate of your publications – Surveys have indicated
that the open online access to the literature over Internet have appreciably
higher citation rates than traditionally published articles*
- Enhance rapid communication of your research - You can post your pre-publication
before the article is published. This increases the chance of getting it
cited immediately (measured in terms of immediacy index)
- Encourage increased collaborative research projects and attract project
- Establish priority to your research findings and intellectual property,
i.e. registering the work with a date stamp and identifier.
- Students and those who cannot have an access to the published literature,
can easily access your research papers over Internet.
- Integrated view of your and institutional research - The publications
are scattered over a large number of journals and external sources
- Preserves and provides long-term access - Your publication would be
available on Internet forever!
- Harvesters bring users to your publications - Publications in IR
immediately get cited/identified in global indexing and search services.
*Steve Lawrence. 2001. "Online or invisible?" Nature 411 (6837):521. Available at: http://www.nature.com/nature/debates/e-access/Articles/lawrence.html