Ranking Web of Repositories
Isidro F. Aguillo
isidro.aguillo at CCHS.CSIC.ES
Tue Jul 22 11:34:59 EDT 2014
The new edition (July 2014) of the Ranking Web of Repositories has been
The ranking is published since 2008 and its main aim is to promote the
Green Road to Open Access supporting and monitoring the evolution of
thousands of repositories worldwide. The inclusion criteria are more
demanding than those from other directories, as only repositories with
their own web domain or subdomain are accepted.
Methodological criteria are maintained with minor changes from the
previous edition. The Visibility indicator again incorporates altmetrics
mentions from the following sources: Academia, Facebook, LinkedIn,
Mendeley, ResearchGate, Slideshare, Twitter, Wikipedia (all editions),
Wikipedia (English version) and YouTube. And now Scholar indicator is
obtained by combining four variables obtained from Google Scholar:
number of articles, published between 2009 and 2013, PDF files (with
appropriate suffix) and pdf files dating from 2009 to 2013.
The most important innovation is the inclusion of ResearchGate, Academia
and Mendeley in the Ranking of portals. It has been done to draw
attention to a candidate problem, as certain authors are placing their
papers on these websites instead of their own institutional
repositories. The limited added value provided by the current generation
of repository software and the slow implementation by repository
managers of services like author profiles, metrics and other
customization options are leading to an unfortunate trend that could
mean those "competitors" will frustrate the objective of achieving
comprehensive deposit of scientific production of the institution.
As for results, subject repositories continue to lead the table:
Arxiv.org e-Print Archive, Social Science Research Network, Europe
PubMed Central Research Papers in Economics. Several of the repositories
implemented by HAL (France) and the combination of the various
universities into a unique University of California repository are the
main institutional highlights. Regarding Portals, the SciELO network
shows the now global success of this initiative.
Isidro F. Aguillo, HonDr.
The Cybermetrics Lab, IPP-CSIC
isidro.aguillo at csic.es
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