cIRcle, supported by the UBC Library, is a digital repository for intellectual materials created within the UBC community. It hosts a variety of research and teaching materials, including articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports, working papers, books, datasets, and audio-visual materials. Materials have persistent URLs, and will be preserved for future generations.
cIRcle is regularly crawled and indexed by search engines such as Google, Google Scholar, and Yahoo, which means that your work is both openly accessible and easy to find. This can lead to increased visibility for your work, and an increase in others reading and reusing your work – research has shown that making your work OA leads to increased citations (see Alma Swan’s 2010 article, The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date).
Visibility of articles made accessible through institutional repositories is increasing all the time. Tools such as the recently launched Open Access Button helps users locate opnely available versions of an article for which they’ve encountered a pay wall (and plots that pay wall on a world map – see the totals pay walls hit so far right here). The button helps users to search for freely available versions of the paywalled article – such as those available through cIRcle.
To find out more about making your work Open Access through cIRcle, see their Getting Started page.