November 23, 2017

Major European Repository Study, PEER, Goes Live

By Andrew Albanese

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A European project launched last fall, dubbed PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) designed as an “observatory” to monitor the effects of repositories and systematic archiving on research, has gone live. PEER, a collaboration between publishers, repositories, and the research community—including the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM); the European Science Foundation; Gottingen State and University Library; and the Max Planck Society—will investigate the effects of the large-scale deposit (so called Green Open Access) on the European research environment.

The project hopes to evaluate everything from how such large-scale archiving impacts the broader ecology of European research to what what factors influence the readiness to deposit in repositories, potential costs, and how traditional publishing systems can coexist with self-archiving. The project will run until 2011, during which time over 50,000 European manuscripts from up to 300 journals will become available for archiving. A presentation providing an introduction to PEER is now available and future content will include news updates, as well as reports on various aspects of the project progresses.

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