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|Title: ||Research students and the Loughborough institutional repository|
|Authors: ||Pickton, Margaret J.|
|Issue Date: ||2005|
|Abstract: ||This dissertation investigated the potential role for research students in a new
institutional repository at Loughborough University.
The project began with an extensive search for information concerning
stakeholders’ attitudes towards open access publishing and institutional
repositories. It was apparent from this review that no previous research had
focused on the needs and potential contribution of research students in this
Two studies were therefore carried out. The first, an email survey of managers
of existing institutional repositories, investigated student use of their
repositories, advocacy undertaken, and attitudes toward research student
content. Responses were received from 35 universities in the UK and abroad.
The second study comprised face-to-face interviews with 34 research students
at Loughborough University. Using a mixture of closed and open questions, the
interviews explored the students’ experiences and opinions of publishing, open
access and the proposed Loughborough repository.
Repository managers were overwhelmingly in favour of permitting the deposit of
research student work, albeit under specified conditions. One half of the
respondents mentioned allowing, or even encouraging, the deposit of theses
and dissertations. The relative newness of many repositories meant that
advocacy to student authors was limited, although a number of managers were
including the repository in routine research training sessions.
The interviews with research students established that, as readers, they wanted
to find many more types of material in the repository than, as authors, they were
willing to deposit. However, complete theses, postprints and conference papers
were acceptable to both groups. The ability to disseminate their work and
receive feedback and commentary were the most important motivators to
students depositing work, closely followed by the principle of open access. The
greatest deterrents were the risk of being unable to publish elsewhere later, the
ownership of copyright, and plagiarism.
Based on the findings of the literature review and the two studies, appropriate
recommendations were made for the Loughborough repository|
|Description: ||This is an MSc dissertation.|
|Appears in Collections:||MSc Dissertations (Information Science)|
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