A repository is a system for storing and preserving published content. Depositing your accepted manuscript in an open access repository is one way of satisfying funders' open access mandates, via the green route to open access.
Repositories may contain many different kinds of content, including:
- versions of record of gold open access articles
- accepted manuscripts of gold or green open access articles
- theses and dissertations
- pre-prints of articles (before submission for peer review)
- abstracts or metadata relating to any of the above, or to full-text articles stored elsewhere
Many repositories also have a defined scope for the type of content they store, as detailed below.
Some repositories bring together content about a specific subject, making it easier for readers interested in that subject to search across material from different publishers or sources.
Some repositories bring together content produced by a single institution – often including theses, dissertations, and other unpublished documents (grey literature) – to make it easier for the institution to demonstrate the breadth and impact of its research all in one place.