Why is my open access repository not listed in OARR?

Your open access repository did not meet the definition to be listed in OARR. This definition requires among other things that your open access repository is listed in BASE with a functioning and harvestable OAI-PMH base URL. Therefore, to be included in next year’s OARR make sure you meet these criteria. You can suggest your open access repository to BASE via a simple online form.

What does the OARR rank tell?

Let’s start with what OARR is not meant to be. OARR cannot and does not evaluate the content of an open access repository. Judging the quality of research is the responsibility of its audience or reviewers (be it public or peer review) and not of OARR. To rank in the lower ranks of OARR does not make an open access repository a “bad” repository. A lower rank shows that the repository lacks certain services or functionalities when being compared to other open access repositories. To ensure that these criteria are not arbitrarily chosen the metric is open for discussion. OARR aims at identifying role models. Looking at and learning from their best practice is of benefit to operators, funders and users of all open access repositories.

Why does OARR compare institutional and disciplinary open access repositories?

One might say that comparing institutional and disciplinary open access repositories is like comparing apples and oranges. If you just look at their subject focus this might be true. However, the OARR metric is created as a benchmark that seeks to evaluate an open access repository according to services and functionalities that are useful to both types of repositories, e.g. having metadata that complies with standards. And if you think otherwise, feel free to share your ideas with us and the community improving OARR.

How fair is a ranking?

A ranking can only be as fair as its underlying metric. This is why the OARR metric is developed together with the repository management community collecting ideas and feedback. If the metric applies to all open access repositories, the underlying benchmark should treat every player equally. The idea behind OARR is to stir the development of open access repositories by means of a competitive ranking approach. This implies that some open access repositories rank better than others.To find more answers on this implication please read “What does the OARR rank tell?” or “What can I do to make my repository rank higher?”.

What can I do to make my repository rank higher?

Try your best starting with the small things that you can change, e. g. putting a social bookmarking widget on the landing page of an item. Next you can focus on issues that are even more challenging to tackle, e.g. improvement of your metadata conformity using the DINI validator. Finally, go for the big ones like ORCID authentication or an open access publication fund. This step by step approach does not only give you the chance to improve your service according to the capabilities of your institution (resources and staff) but eventually improves the whole open access repository landscape by being interoperable.

What if OARR is not right about your repository?

The 2015 Open Access Repository Ranking is based on data submitted by the open access repository operators. This procedure is supposed to minimize the amount of potential errors in indexing by asking the respective repository managers as the most reliable source of information. The OARR team reviews all submissions assuring the quality and validity. All fields that are left blank will be counted as not existent resulting in a score of 0 for the respective criterion. You participated in the survey and identified errors? Your repository migrated resulting in the OARR 2015 data being outdated? Please do not hesitate to contact us.