Now Available – U of T Policy Reports Collection on TSpace (PDAD&C #71)

From: Vivek Goel, Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Date: March 14, 2018
Re: Now Available – U of T Policy Reports Collection on TSpace (PDAD&C #71)

I am pleased to let you know of a new TSpace Collection that we have developed in collaboration with the University of Toronto Libraries.

The U of T Policy Reports Collection is a curated collection that assembles policy-related research reports produced by units at the University of Toronto. It is a collection of grey literature which aims to improve discoverability of U of T contributions in a variety of areas including local, provincial, national, and global public policy. Report authors include faculty members, fellows, students, or staff affiliated with U of T at the time of publication. The collection excludes externally commissioned reports and studies published in scholarly journals or books. It is housed in TSpace, a free and secure research repository established by the University of Toronto Libraries to disseminate and preserve the scholarly record of the University of Toronto.

U of T researchers often produce reports that make an important contribution to understanding and providing solutions to emerging issues in society. However, because many of these reports are not published through traditional means they can be difficult to find for others through conventional methods. Reports included in the U of T Policy Reports Collection will be more easily accessible as part of TSpace. TSpace enables:

  • Indexing by search engines, including Google and Google Scholar;
  • Priority search engine indexing, resulting in higher search engine rankings than items posted on departmental or personal websites;
  • Creation of assigned, permanent, or persistent URLs, or handles;
  • Ability to track statistics for document download; and,
  • Compliance with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.

Policy reports can be submitted directly to the Policy Reports Collection by those who have a valid UTORid. Once uploaded, reports will be reviewed by the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation for consistency with the collection style before being made public. Information about the collection, FAQs, and upload instructions are available online.