Status of Open Access Repositories in SAARC Countries: A Picture from OpenDOAR and ROAR

The paper throws light on the growth and development of open repositories  in SAARC  countries. The study explores various facets of open repositories and tries to present a lucid  picture of their overall development in the region. The study provides a detailed description  of repositories in terms of country and  content type, reuse policies, and language diversity  etc. The repositories of the SAARC countries were thoroughly sifted from the two prominent  open access repositories (OpenDOAR and ROAR) and analyzed for various parameters. The  paper discuss various steps that need to be taken to elevate the number and quality of  repositories in the region with special reference to the research output and potential of the  region to become one of the front runners of open access movement.

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