Versions of Eprints - user Requirements Study and Investigation Of the Need for Standards
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The VERSIONS Toolkit is available here.

VERSIONS (Versions of Eprints – a user Requirements Study and Investigation Of the Need for Standards) addresses the issues and uncertainties relating to versions of academic papers in digital repositories. VERSIONS aims to help build trust in open access repository content among all stakeholders.

An academic research paper evolves during its lifecycle. Different versions frequently co-exist in publicly available electronic form, alongside formally published versions. Without good signposting however, the picture can become unclear and it can be difficult to discover the definitive version of a paper and to track the development of the idea.

The VERSIONS Project will investigate researchers’ needs and current practice relating to use of open access repositories and will produce a toolkit of guidelines for stakeholders.  The project will make recommendations on versions to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

The VERSIONS Project is led by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Nereus Consortium of European research libraries in economics are associate partners. The VERSIONS Project was funded by the JISC under the Digital Repositories Programme, from 1 July 2005 to 31 January 2007.

page last updated: 06.09.2007

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