Waiting for Rector Decree for Repository Opened Access

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One of the students accessing Airlangga Digital Library Network in Universitas Airlangga Library (Photo: UNAIR NEWS)

UNAIR NEWS – Universitas Airlangga Library in April 2016 launched  a new page “institutional repository’ (IR). Even though it is fully accessible in 2017, the page repository.unair.ac.id based on  E-prints application contained about 1,649 researchers’ works and students.

At this moment, IR page which can be accessed is the research abstracts. So, students who need to see the fulltext should go to the library. The library has provided dozens of computers to assist students looking for the scientific works. The local university contents were 13 scientific works, such as research journals, field practice reports, proceeding articles, bachelor and master thesis and dissertation.

According to the Head of UNAIR Library, Prof. Dr. I Made Narsa, S.E., M.Si., Ak, his unit is waiting for the Rector decree related to scientific work submission. Looking at the trends, some universities have given access to the complete works to the students.

For Prof. Narsa, opened access or limited access have their own advantages and disadvantages. The main challenge of opening access to public is plagiarism. “If we don’t open, no one will see it. So if there is someone plagiarizing no one will know. If it is opened, everyone will notice. So they will think twice to plagiarize. There are positive and negative sides of everything,” said Prof. Narsa.

According to Prof. Narsa, the best option is open the access to complete version. When repository opened for public, UNAIR repository will be easily detected by ranking institutions, including Webometrics. (*)

Author : Defrina Sukma S.

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