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ResearchGATE launches a free self-archiving repository

This project promises to make full-text articles available to the public, for free. Since there is no way for researchers to access millions of publications in their full version online, ResearchGATE will enable users to upload their published research directly to their profile pages (a system called the "green route" to Open Access). Our publication index, containing metadata for 35 million publications, will be automatically matched with the SHERPA RoMEO data set of journal and publisher's self-archiving agreements. As a result, authors will know which versions of their articles they can legally upload. Since nine out of ten journals allow self-archiving, this project could give thousands of researchers immediate access to articles that are not yet freely available. [19sept09]

The Self-Archiving Repository does not infringe on copyrights because each profile page within ResearchGATE is legally considered the personal website of the user (and the majority of journal publishers allow articles to be openly accessible on personal homepages). Therefore, each user can upload his or her published articles in compliance with self-archiving regulations. Our publication index makes every publication identifiable and is searchable. Since each profile is networked to the larger platform, the uploaded resources will form an enormous pool of research for our members - free of charge to the public.

To learn more about ResearchGATE, visit www.researchgate.net and sign up for a free profile. For more information, please contact press@researchgate.net.

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