What is an Open Access Repository?

An open access repository is a searchable database of full-text academic papers, similar to an electronic library database, with the difference being that content in the repository is visible to search engines and freely available to anyone.

Open access repositories may belong to institutions, such as universities (e.g., DASH for Harvard) and laboratories, or disciplines, such as economics and physics (e.g., arXiv for physics), or may be subject-specific (e.g., Work and Family Commons). More information can be found here.