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Disciplinary Repositories: Science Repositories

An overview of open access repositories by discipline.

Science Print Repositories


   arXiv is a well-established and leading Open Access e-print repository, serving the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, biology and more.     It was ranked the #1 web repository in the January 2017 Ranking Web of Respositories.

Subjects Covered Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, Electrical Engineering and Systems Science, Economics
Launch Date 1991
Managing Entity Cornell University Library
Types of Prints Accepted All versions accepted (preprint, postprint, etc.)
Acquisition Approach Author Deposit.  No fee for authors to submit.  
Additional Notes There are currently over 1.3 Million articles available on arXiv.  The articles are indexed by Google and other major search engines.  References and citing articles are linked in the database.


 bioRxiv is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. 



Subjects Covered All aspects of research in the life sciences: animal behavior and cognition, biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, biophysics, cancer biology, cell biology, clinical trials, developmental biology, ecology, epidemiology, evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, paleontology, pharmacology and toxicology, physiology, plant biology, scientific communication and education, synthetic biology, systems biology, zoology.
Launch Date 2013
Managing Entity Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution
Types of Prints Accepted Preprints
Acquisition Approach Authors Deposit.  No fee to submit.
Additional Notes Articles in bioRxiv are categorized as New Results (an advance in a field), Confirmatory Results (replicate and confirm previously published works), or Contradictory Results (replicate experimental approaches used in previously published work, but the results contradict and/or do not support it)

  PubMed Central

 PubMed Central (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).


Subjects Covered Biomedical and Life Sciences
Launch Date 2000
Managing Entity National Library of Medicine's (NLM) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Types of Prints Accepted Final published articles from participating journals
Acquisition Approach Publishers and some authors deposit
Additional Notes All NIH funded articles must be submitted to PMC by authors through the NIH Manuscript Submission system.  PMC also accepts individual author manuscripts that are deposited via NIH Manuscript Submission System.

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Earth-Prints is an open archive created to collect, capture, disseminate and preserve the results of research in the fields of Atmosphere, cryosphere, Hydrosphere and Solid Earth.  

The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR)

tDAR is the digital repository of the Center for Digital Antiquity, a collaborative organization and university Center at Arizona State University.