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Tay (Tay 2017) outlines other of IR avoidance reasons: temporary affiliations with institutions (e.g. turnover factor), preferences for subject repositories, and the low quality of user experience in IR depositing. Poor quality of software platforms, management and servicing of IRs are reasons for which 10 years ago “faculty stayed away from institutional repositories in droves” (Salo 2008 p. 99). This technical aspect has been picked out again as a demotivator seven years later, when Betz and Hall (2015) point out that more than 2,600 IRs worldwide are still viewed as unattractive to faculty, and urge for qualitative studies exploring emotional aspects of faculty UX (user experience) with regard to IRs. These aspects are probably less applicable for the present investigation, since the depositing exercise is done by what is called “mediated archiving” (Lagzian, Abrizah and Wee 2015 p. 153), whereby designated librarians deposit on behalf of the researchers. However at RGU, the UX design factor warrants attention in two occurrences: the OpenAir interface and the communication via the Research Blog and through the LibGuides on OA.

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