Open access archives

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An open access archive is a digital archive containing research findings that are openly available for downloading and are free and unrestricted.

There are two kinds of open access archives: institutional archives (institutional repositories), typically anchored in a university, and more specialised archives (academic repositories), which also provide the opportunity for broad academic exchange.

Institutional repositories in Denmark

All Danish universities and education institutions use the Pure database, where all research is registered for the purpose of annual reports and reporting to the Danish Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI).

Pure can function as an open access archive along the lines of traditional institutional archives, and this is exactly what it does at all universities and education institutions in Denmark, with just a few exceptions. Copenhagen Business School has a traditional archive – based on DSpace – which it operates in parallel with its Pure database. Roskilde University also has DSpace, but registering and archiving is initially done in Pure, after which the data is automatically sent to DSpace.

Subject repositories

There are many different, recognised archives for specific fields. The most well-known is , which is an important communication tool between academic communities within mathematics and astrophysics, to name but a few.

PubMedCentral is the most well-known archive within the field of medicine. There is both an American and European version.

If you are not already familiar with relevant archives specific to your discipline, ask your colleagues. Alternatively, the following list may provide some inspiration:

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