B – Repositories and journals: are they in conflict?

Brown DJ. Repositories and journals: are they in conflict? A literature review of relevant literature. Aslib Proceedings 2010;62(2).112-43
(doi: 10.1108/00012531011034955)

The paper aims to bring together information on whether any evidence exists of a commercial conflict between the creation of digital archives (institutional repositories, IRs) at reasearch institutions and centres of excellence, and the business of journal publishing. Relevant publications were analyzed to determine it. One significant study is being undertaken by the PEER group, funded by the Europen Commission. It is still too early to say when open access and IRs in particular will erode into the journal subscription base and transform scholarly communications. Up today the relationship between IRs and journal subscriptions is too vague.