This morning I helped present a short session in the library and on-line as part of our Research elevenses sessions on Managing your research output: Making your publications available through the Leicester Research Archive. A recording will be available soon.
My part was on why a researcher might want to deposit their research in our archive.
I collected some ideas in my previous post Why Green Open Access? and came up with bullet points:
- Broadcast your interesting important research
- – Findable, readable, create global knowledge
You can make your work readable by all, not just journal subscribers and make it more findable by potential collaborators, supporters and funders. Sharing research is part of the process producing global knowledge.
- Increase your citations, your reputation
You can increase both traditional and alternative (e.g. being mentioned in online fora) citations. This increases your reputation and the reputation of your institution. You can track this interest for yourself.
- Collected, managed, showcased, preserved
So you and others can find it again. Reuse by others, including ways you had never thought of.
- Keep your supporters happy
- – Funder, University
Open access is a funder and university requirement: from international and national movements – research should be shared!
I think the session went well despite clashing with graduation. Free hot drinks and home made cake have to help.