How to Join OpenAIRE

  1. Do you wish your repository or journal to be a part of OpenAIRE?
  2. Register your repository in OpenDOAR (this step does not apply for journals)
    • OpenDOAR is an authoritative worldwide directory of academic open access repositories.

  3. Make your repository/journal OpenAIRE compliant by implementing the OpenAIRE Guidelines
    • If your repository/journal currently has no OpenAIRE records, you will need to create a test record as proof of correct implementation of the guidelines.
    • Create an openaire set and insert your OpenAIRE records in it.
    • If you used a test record, you will need to keep it until your repository/journal is successfully added as OpenAIRE compliant (step 5). Then you can safely delete it.
    • You can find an example of an OpenAIRE compliant record here.

  4. Test Compatibility
    • After you have made some progress in implementing the guidelines you should run a Compatibility test.
    • Enter the OAI-PMH base URL of your repository/journal and choose to test your repository against the OpenAIRE rule set. Aim for a score of 100, which will be sufficient to allow your repository to join OpenAIRE.
    • After running the test you can browse the results. Please note that the results are updated periodically, and the whole test might take some time to finish.

  5. Join OpenAIRE
    • Now your repository/journal is ready to Join OpenAIRE!
    • If you want to add a literature repository, click here and locate your repository. Add and correct any details in the form and click submit.
      If you want to add a data repository, click here and locate your repository. Add and correct any details in the form and click submit.
      If you want to add a journal, click here, fill in the form, and click submit.
      If you want to add an aggregator, click here, fill in the form, and click submit.
    • After a short compatibility test against the OpenAIRE rule set, your repository will be ready to join OpenAIRE.
    • An email will be sent to the repository administrator to confirm this request. Please make sure you have contacted them before registering.
    • If the compatibility test does not succeed, you will be unable to join OpenAIRE until you correct all the errors that are found. Then you must re-submit your request (step 5).

For more information check the FAQ and our detailed help guide.
If you need further assistance please contact us through the OpenAIRE Helpdesk.

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