A disciplinary repository (or subject repository) is an online archive containing works or data associated with these works of scholars in a particular subject area. In contrast to institutional repositories, disciplinary repositories can accept work from scholars from any institution. A disciplinary repository shares the roles of collection, dissemination and archive of work with other repositories, but is focused on a particular area. These collections can include academic and research papers.
Disciplinary repositories can acquire their content in many ways. Many rely on author or organization submissions, such as SSRN. Others such as CiteSeerX crawl the web for scholar and researcher websites and download publicly available academic papers from those sites. AgEcon, established in 1995, grew as a result of active involvement of academia and societies.
A disciplinary repository generally covers one broad based discipline, with contributors from many different institutions supported by a variety of funders; the repositories themselves are likely to be funded from one or more sources within the subject community. Deposit of material in a disciplinary repository is sometimes mandated by research funders.
Disciplinary repositories can also act as stores of data related to a particular subject, allowing documents along with data associated with that work to be stored in the repository.
- AgEcon: Agriculture and Applied Economics
- Astrophysics Data System - Astrophysics
- ArXiv - Physics
- CiteSeer - Computer and Information Science
- Dryad - Biosciences
- PhilPapers - Philosophy
- PubMed - Medicine
- RePEc - Economics
- Social Science Research Network - Social Sciences
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- Disciplinary repositories at the Open Access Directory