Submitting research and other scholarly work to open access (OA) repositories is becoming increasingly popular among scholars as a replacement or supplement to journal publication. Green OA refers to submitting work to an OA repository to be publicly available. 

OA repositories differ from OA journals because they do not charge authors or institutions for sharing work, and they do not have a formal peer review process. Instead, they often rely on a community-based peer review method where other scholars can read papers and leave comments. Papers can often be updated in response to comments or further developments. Repositories can include peer-reviewed articles that have been published in journals, but whether an author is allowed to upload their published work to a repository depends on the journal’s policies. 

There are two types of OA repositories: institutional repositories and subject-based repositories. Institutional repositories are maintained by universities, and they allow scholars affiliated with their university to upload documents in any subject. 

Subject-based repositories allow researchers from any university, or those unaffiliated with a university, to share work within particular disciplines. arXiv is a popular OA repository that accepts work in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering, and economics. The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is another large OA repository which stores a wide array of work across the applied sciences, health sciences, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences. OA repositories are not limited to research. They also archive media (audio, video, etc.), data, books, and other scholarly materials. 

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) and Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) both maintain lists of thousands of repositories, both institutional and cross-disciplinary. They also share statistics on repositories and allow for searching through repositories based on numerous criteria.

Jinso participants upload their preprints to open access repositories when they complete their papers, but researchers in the program receive peer review from other participants prior to uploading. This way, Jinso students are able to receive the benefits of both peer review and open access.

The trend towards OA is essential to the democratization of research. Scholars unaffiliated with universities may not be able to access journals they need for research through a library, and journal subscriptions even create difficulties for academic libraries’ budgets. Several studies show that library budgets are trending downwards while journal prices are outpacing inflation. A protest movement known as The Cost of Knowledge attempted to make journals more accessible when, in 2012, 34 mathematicians released a statement and resolved to not associate with Elsevier journals. Thousands of researchers have signed the petition since then. While Elsevier is not the only publisher with high journal prices and operating margins,  they are the largest publisher for scholarly work and charge high rates for journals.

While some journals have become OA, they charge authors large amounts of money instead of readers to recover the costs, making the transition to this model ineffective. Using repositories is the most effective method to avoid unnecessarily high pricing models. 


GitHub is a popular platform used by computer scientists to manage their collaborative projects, but a similar program does not exist for academic work. There is no standard platform to create work, connect with others, and share work in one place. Most platforms only fall into one or two of these categories.The Jinso collaboration tool is a better way for groups to work on projects. By bringing the entire academic collaboration process onto one tool, it simplifies workflows and communication.The first steps for using the Jinso platform are:

Create an account
Create your first group

Once a user builds a network, they can create new Groups that consist of their network members. By default, the creator of a group is the admin. The most common Group is a research group, but the platform can manage several other types of academic projects. Platform users can create study groups for sharing course materials or groups of club members for extracurricular work.The admin of the Group has the ability to add new members at any time.
Admins are also responsible for creating Projects within Groups.

A Project for a research group is usually a research paper, but Projects can also be other forms of documents that could benefit from discussion and revisions. Examples include study guides, business plans, articles, and essays. Each Group can have an unlimited number of Projects within it, and all Projects within a Group are shared among the same members. 

Once a user builds a network, they can create new Groups that consist of their network members. By default, the creator of a group is the admin. The most common Group is a research group, but the platform can manage several other types of academic projects.

Platform users can create study groups for sharing course materials or groups of club members for extracurricular work.The admin of the Group has the ability to add new members at any time. Admins are also responsible for creating Projects within Groups.

A Project for a research group is usually a research paper, but Projects can also be other forms of documents that could benefit from discussion and revisions. Examples include study guides, business plans, articles, and essays. Each Group can have an unlimited number of Projects within it, and all Projects within a Group are shared among the same members. 

Example of Research group
Revisions of the paper

When a new Project is created, an initial revision must be shared. This can either be plain text or a PDF.
The Project will be immediately visible to all Group members with the first revision shown. Group members can comment on the revision with questions or feedback, and others can reply to comments.When another revision of the paper has been completed, the Group admin can add a new revision to the same Project.
The revision will become visible above the prior revision, and it will have a new comment box associated with it. Projects make it simple to keep track of a paper’s entire revision history and discussions at each stage. 

For each revision, Group admins can also create subtasks. Arrows allow Group members to view all of the different subtasks and comment on them individually. Subtasks allow a paper to be analyzed in unique components. For example, a research paper can have a unique subtask for each of its sections, and collaborators can discuss them all separately in the comment boxes. Jinso is a quicker way to collaborate on long-term projects. It makes it easier to connect, share, and manage the development of ideas and papers. You can create a Jinso account and start using the platform today for your research and academic needs at jinso.io.

Submitting research and other scholarly work to open access (OA) repositories is becoming increasingly popular among scholars as a replacement or supplement to journal publication. Green OA refers to submitting work to an OA repository to be publicly available. 

OA repositories differ from OA journals because they do not charge authors or institutions for sharing work, and they do not have a formal peer review process. Instead, they often rely on a community-based peer review method where other scholars can read papers and leave comments. Papers can often be updated in response to comments or further developments. Repositories can include peer-reviewed articles that have been published in journals, but whether an author is allowed to upload their published work to a repository depends on the journal’s policies. 

There are two types of OA repositories: institutional repositories and subject-based repositories. Institutional repositories are maintained by universities, and they allow scholars affiliated with their university to upload documents in any subject. 

Subject-based repositories allow researchers from any university, or those unaffiliated with a university, to share work within particular disciplines. arXiv is a popular OA repository that accepts work in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering, and economics. The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is another large OA repository which stores a wide array of work across the applied sciences, health sciences, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences. OA repositories are not limited to research. They also archive media (audio, video, etc.), data, books, and other scholarly materials. 

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) and Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) both maintain lists of thousands of repositories, both institutional and cross-disciplinary. They also share statistics on repositories and allow for searching through repositories based on numerous criteria.

Jinso participants upload their preprints to open access repositories when they complete their papers, but researchers in the program receive peer review from other participants prior to uploading. This way, Jinso students are able to receive the benefits of both peer review and open access.

The trend towards OA is essential to the democratization of research. Scholars unaffiliated with universities may not be able to access journals they need for research through a library, and journal subscriptions even create difficulties for academic libraries’ budgets. Several studies show that library budgets are trending downwards while journal prices are outpacing inflation. A protest movement known as The Cost of Knowledge attempted to make journals more accessible when, in 2012, 34 mathematicians released a statement and resolved to not associate with Elsevier journals. Thousands of researchers have signed the petition since then. While Elsevier is not the only publisher with high journal prices and operating margins,  they are the largest publisher for scholarly work and charge high rates for journals.

While some journals have become OA, they charge authors large amounts of money instead of readers to recover the costs, making the transition to this model ineffective. Using repositories is the most effective method to avoid unnecessarily high pricing models. 


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