Expected publication of the new edition

Expected publication date of the July edition

          Data collection started on the July 1st and it is almost finished so the final publication is scheduled for mid July.

Policy change regarding duplicate domains

January 2014 edition: Altmetrics indicators added!

        Welcome to the 14th edition of  the Ranking Web of Repositories, that it is published since 2008. Two standards editions are available usually at the end of January and July.

        The criteria for inclusion are very simple: The repositories should have their own web domain or subdomain and include at least peer-reviewed papers to be considered (services that contain only archives, databanks or learning objects are not ranked).

Branding, URLs, HANDLEs and DOIs in repositories.

        The indicator used for estimating the visibility (impact) of the items deposited in the repositories is the number of external inlinks they received, considering as the targeted URLs those that are using the domain or subdomain of the repository. For example:


where the asterisk refer to all the webpages and documents independently of their format.

Suggestions from the Ranking Editors

The role of librarians in the Open Access movement has been very important as they are the main designers, promoters and maintainers of institutional repositories. The basic principles behind the current arrangement of repositories are inspired by the librarianship techniques.

However, some decisions guided by these principles are probably hampering the universal adoption of the Open Access initiatives (OAI), as they are ignoring the main users of these repositories: scientists, researchers, scholars.

The importance of a name

One of the most frequently used arguments in favor of depositing papers in a repository is to preserve the rights of the hosted institutions that pay the research done by the authors of those papers. Most of these rights usually refer to exploitation rights but many times the even more important moral rights are forgotten. Moral rights intends to preserve the authorship and integrity of the document (nobody can overwrite the text or usurp the author) that can be also extended to the institutional authorship.

Three different rankings

The portal consists of three different rankings. The main one consists of all the subject (like Arxiv or RepEc) and institutional repositories ranked by normalization against the best (maximum) value. The second ranking is built from the subset of only the institutional repositories. Although the raw values used are the same, the procedure is done against different maximums so the ranks obtained are independent from the ones in the former ranking.