Is the repository an alternative to publishing in journals?
No. The University encourages all staff to continue to publish in journals, whether traditional or open access. Repository use is supplementary to journal publication.
Does research deposited in the repository by-pass peer-review?
No. The peer-review process is not affected. The review status of articles in the repository is clearly stated.
Doesn't open access make it easier to plagiarise my work?
Depositing in the repository is an additional deterrent to plagiarism. Online date-stamped material freely accessible worldwide makes plagiarism easier to detect than just the traditional publishing process.
Aren't my Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) affected if I make my work freely available for download worldwide? It feels like I'm losing some control of my work.
No. Depositing your work in the repository does not affect your IPR. The University IPR policy remains in effect and unchanged. By depositing your work in the repository you are taking a positive step in controlling your work by widely asserting your copyright.
Won't publishers be put off publishing my work if it's already in a repository? Won't this be the end of journal publishing?
No. Most publishers understand and accommodate the use of open access repositories in their agreements with authors. Around 65% of publishers (that's over 90% of journals) have 'repository friendly' policies. You can check the RoMEO database of publisher's policies if you're unsure. Research has shown that repository use does not affect the subscription rates of published journals and that repositories can exist as a supplementary and highly advantageous method of dissemination.
Won't I lose royalties by putting my work in the repository?
No. If you expect to make money from your work you will understandably not want to make it freely available through the repository. Institutional Repositories are aimed at research and teaching and learning materials that authors want to be distributed and read as widely as possible. Although discouraged, it is possible to place an embargo date on work, only making it available as full text after the period when you expect to make most of your royalties.
My work is of a commercially sensitive or patentable nature. Are you suggesting that I deposit it in the repository, too?
No. Only work that is meant to be widely disseminated, cited and publicly available should be deposited in the repository. If your work is of a commercially sensitive nature you should contact Enterprise@Lincoln.
What about version control? Which version of my article should I deposit in the repository?
Ideally, you will deposit the final, peer-reviewed version that is sent to the publisher. These are called 'post-prints'. You can deposit 'pre-prints' (the version of the article before peer-review), and then deposit other versions later. Each version will remain in the repository so that it can continue to be cited at its unique repository address.
Will depositing my work in a repository be time consuming?
No, it takes about ten minutes to provide the required information, a minimal cost given the benefits of increased citation.
All my work is on my website and people seem to find it. What further advantages does a repository offer me?
The repository is compliant with the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) international standard which improves the dissemination process. Google and Google Scholar searches favour this standard when crawling websites and your work will normally rank higher if it is in a repository. Also, if you change institution or your personal website address changes, the work you have deposited in the repository will remain at the same address. Not only will the location be preserved but repositories are permanent places of deposit where your work will be professionally preserved over the long-term.