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Publications 2018, 6(2), 20;

Library-Mediated Deposit: A Gift to Researchers or a Curse on Open Access? Reflections from the Case of Surrey

Library and Learning Support Services, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK
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Received: 20 February 2018 / Revised: 27 March 2018 / Accepted: 7 April 2018 / Published: 23 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Open Access and the Library)
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The University of Surrey was one of the first universities to set up an open access repository. The Library was the natural stakeholder to lead this project. Over the years, the service has been influenced by external and internal factors, and consequently the Library’s role in developing the OA agenda has changed. Here, we present the development and implementation of a fully mediated open access service at Surrey. The mediated workflow was introduced following an operational review, to ensure higher compliance and engagement from researchers. The size and responsibilities of the open access team in the Library increased to comply with internal and external policies and to implement the fully mediated workflow. As a result, there has been a growth in deposit rates and overall compliance. We discuss the benefits and shortcomings of Library mediation; its effects on the relationship between the Library, senior management and researchers, and the increasing necessity for the Library to lead towards a culture of openness beyond policy compliance. View Full-Text
Keywords: open access; repositories; library-mediated deposit; researcher engagement open access; repositories; library-mediated deposit; researcher engagement

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Daoutis, C.A.; Rodriguez-Marquez, M.M. Library-Mediated Deposit: A Gift to Researchers or a Curse on Open Access? Reflections from the Case of Surrey. Publications 2018, 6, 20.

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