Etheses - A Saurashtra University Library Service

Glossary of terms

Below is an A-Z glossary of terms that are related to institutional repositories.

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Bibliometrics is a set of methods used to study or measure texts and information. Citation analysis and content analysis are commonly used bibliometric methods.

Born digital

Born digital relates to a document that was created and exists only in a digital format.


Bundling is a business practice of many large commercial journal publishers that entails offering universities access to a large group of journal titles at a discounted price. Can lower the average cost of access per journal, but reduces library control over collections and increases publishers' market power over libraries.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a persistent unique code used to identify and retrieve a specific publication on the Internet, usually a journal article, web document, or other item of intellectual property.

Delegated management

This is the mechanism whereby an individual gives the rights to another so that they may manage their scholarly work on their behalf. An example is a researcher delegates to a clerical member of staff who can then manage the researchers scholarly work without necessarily seeking permission for every update.

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An embargo in academic publishing terms is a period during which access is not allowed to certain types of users. The purpose of this is usually to protect the revenue of the journal publisher.


Endnote is a software tool for storing, managing literature references and creating bibliographies.


An Eprints is a scholarly work that has been deposited in a digital repository. Also the name of a leading producer of digital repository software [].Saurashtra University utilises this repository architecture.

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Fedora Commons

Fedora Commons is a digital asset management (DAM) architecture, upon which many types of digital library, institutional repositories, digital archives, and digital libraries systems can be built.

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Grey literature

Grey literature refers to material that is not formally published, such as institutional or technical reports, working papers, business documents, conference papers...etc.


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Impact factor

Impact factor is a quantitative measure of the frequency with which the 'average article' published in a given scholarly journal has been cited in a particular year or period; this is used in citation analysis. The impact factor is a measure of importance of scientific journals.

Institutional repository

An institutional repository is a type of digital repository that is designed to collect the work of a particular institution (usually a university), as opposed to a discipline specific repository. Etheses is the institutional repository of the Saurashtra University .

Intellectual property

Intellectual property is any product of someone's intellect that has commercial value, especially copyrighted material, patents, and trademarks.

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

An International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique, numeric commercial book identifier which is usually found on the back cover or back of the title page of a book.

ISI Web of Knowledge

ISI Web of Knowledge is a multi-disciplinary online academic database provided by Thomson Scientific. It contains links to over 23,000 journals.

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

An International Standard Serial Number is a unique eight-digit number used to identify a print or electronic periodical publication.

Item ID

An Item ID is a unique numeric code allocated to every object stored within Etheses. An Item ID allows for the easy identification of individual objects within Etheses Repository.

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Metadata literally means "data about data". It is information about an informational resource, be that a document (such as a webpage), image, dataset or other resource. Metadata is valuable in the storage and retrieval of information. Resources supported by good quality, structured metadata are generally more easily discoverable.

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Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) is a protocol developed by the Open Archives Initiative which enables the harvesting of metadata records. OAI-PMH allows online services to be built using metadata from many different archives.


Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE) defines the standards and exchange of collections of web resources such as repository metadata records. OAI-ORE allows large collections of metadata records to be exchanged on the World Wide Web.

Open access (OA)

Open access (OA) is free, immediate, permanent, full-text, online access, for any user of the World Wide Web, to digital scientific and scholarly material.

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Portable Document Format (PDF)

A Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for document exchange. PDF is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system.


PubMed is a free search engine for accessing the MEDLINE database of citations, abstracts and some full text articles on life sciences and biomedical topics.

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Reference Manager

Reference Manager is a software tool for storing, managing literature references and creating bibliographies.


A repository is an online, searchable, web-accessible database containing works of research deposited by scholars. Its purpose is to increase access to scholarship and ensure the long-term preservation of scholarly works. Digital repositories are often built to serve a specific institution's community of users, in which cases they are called institutional repositories.

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Self-archiving refers to a researcher placing a copy of their own article (or other scholarly work of research) in a digital repository.

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Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)

A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) is the generic term for all types of names and addresses that refer to objects — text, graphics, audio, video, and so forth — on the World Wide Web.

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Virtual Journal

A Virtual Journal (or overlay journal) is an online development in which discipline-specific articles from various web-based sources are linked together to form a single virtual portal.


Versions is used in this context to describe one or more instances of a research output that is closely related to another in terms of its intellectual content.

Virtual Research Environment (VRE)

A Virtual Research Environment (VRE) is an online resource designed to help researchers in all disciplines manage the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in carrying out research. A VRE will provide a framework of applications, services and resources to support the underlying processes of research.

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