Repositories and Publishers: AgEcon Search forging new relationships

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Linda Eells  and Julie Kelly

Poster description:

Many repositories do not work with publishers on a regular basis but that is not true for AgEcon Search, the subject repository in agricultural and applied economics. With journal articles as the most common document type and over 40 professional societies among the 340 groups that contribute material, we have formed a number of different relationships with publishers. The most common is that AgEcon Search hosts material initially created and made available by a small (often professional society) publisher. In one uniquely beneficial case, we receive and upload pdfs of each individual article from a large commercial publisher after an embargo period. In an opposite, negative situation, we were asked by a publisher to
remove years of articles after a society moved to a large commercial publisher and all older material was placed behind the publisher’s paywall. In recent, new collaborations, we assist publishers with creating DOIs, and are negotiating to serve as the pre-print server for one society journal that contracts with a commercial publisher. We encourage other repositories to consider how they might work together with publishers to make research materials more widely available, including institutional repositories whose
faculty serve on national or international society journal editorial boards.

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About the authors:

Linda Eells has been a librarian at the University of Minnesota since 2003, providing research and instruction services and co-coordinating the AgEcon Search disciplinary repository. Her research interests include open access publishing models and repository development and management. She holds a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Julie Kelly (Presenting author) is a science librarian at the University of Minnesota, serving as co-coordinator of AgEcon Search, a disciplinary repository, as well as acting as library liaison for ecology and horticulture.  She holds a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her research interests include historic data and grey literature.

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