Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is an institutional repository?

In simple terms an institutional repository is an online platform for long term preservation of digital copies of scholarly works and intellectual outputs of a respective institution/organization and make these materials freely and easily accessible globally.

What is icddr,b Knowledge Repository?

The icddr,b Institutional Knowledge Repository is an online open access knowledge repository database for preserving its research outputs, unpublished protocols, abstracts, technical papers, and other scholarly materials in digital format.

What is the aim of this Knowledge Repository?

The aim of the icddr,b IKR is to collect, catalogue, preserve and disseminate various intellectual outputs of the organization’s researchers and scientists, fellows, and visiting scientists. It helps contribute to the global body of knowledge, maximize exposure to icddr,b research and helps improve the profile of the institution.

What types of subjects covered in IKR?

IKR facilities in the subject areas, i.e. public health, health systems, health economics, microbiology, vaccine science, nutrition, food security, chronic disease, communicable disease, waterborne diseases, HIV & AIDS, reproductive health, neonatal and child health, malnutrition and information sciences.

What type of files can be added?

The repository can take many different types of files. Some of the most popular files include Word documents, PDF, MP3, and JPEG.

Are there any restrictions on use of the content in the IKR?

Copyrights are always owned by the icddr,b for its publication. As non-profit organization, icddr,b allows anyone to read, download, save, copy, print, and reuse on the basis of copyright policy but icddr,b must not allow anything of IKR that will be used for commercial benefit.

What does open access mean?

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. There are many myths about open access. To know more about these myths of open access, please visit the following links:
Peter Suber's Open Access Overview

Open Access Now, (Mis)Leading Open Access Myths

What type of materials can be deposited?

All types of research publications published by icddr,b or individual publications published by scientists, researchers, and staff members of icddr,b with copyright licenses that allow for deposition (such as open access licenses) are preserved in the repository system

Why contribute in the IKR?

  • Global dissemination of icddr,b’s works
  • Indexing on Google, Google Scholar, and other specialty academic search engines
  • Increased visibility of research and scientific activities of icddr,b
  • Full-text search
  • Permanent unbreakable URLs
  • Safe and long-term archiving
What are the Copyright issues?

icddr,b repository is an online archive for depositing scholarly published reading materials as well as unpublished protocols. The copyright license of any item deposited in the repository must allow for the icddr,b author to make it available for reuse. Examples of such are Creative Commons copyright licenses by which authors retain copyright, or copyright agreements by which copyright holders (such as the publisher) allow for reuse including publication or deposition in a repository.

Who can read the files in the repository?

The icddr,b Knowledge Repository is a platform, where research materials of icddr,b are freely available for global distribution. The platform facilitates free access to major deposited items for all users of the World Wide Web.

How can I find a scholarly article in the IKR?

In the IKR, search interface and advance search interface is available to search the repository by author, title, and subject/community wise.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information or retrieval of any type of document, please contact at