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By Paul Ayris, on 4 December 2016

Croatian research theses in DART-Europe

Croatia1DART-Europe is a research portal which indexes and provides access to research theses in Open Access from across Europe. Many universities now see Open Access as the default mode of collection building for PhD and other research theses, because of the large number of hits which such materials gain.

The DART-Europe portal has recently started the ingest of metadata for research theses from Croatian universities. The portal currently (4 December 2016) provides access to 259 full-text research theses from Croatia.

The National and University Library in Zagreb has posted about this development, facilitated by UCL Library Services, on its website and via social tools such as Facebook. Zagreb says: ‘The National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) has set up a system for a regular contribution of data from the Croatian National Digital Dissertations Repository (Nacionalni repozitorij disertacija i znanstvenih magistarskih radova, DR) to DART-Europe, the central point of access to digital dissertations from Europe’s higher education institutions, thus enabling an increased visibility of the research of Croatian researchers.’

The DART-Europe portal, maintained and developed by UCL, currently provides access to 717,286 open access research theses from 601 Universities in 28 European countries. It is a fantastic achievement to have passed both the 700,000 mark for accessible research theses and 600 for the number of universities and their libraries involved in this pan-European service.

The Croatian theses can be seen in DART-Europe here. Congratulations to all UCL colleagues who have supported the continued growth of this portal.

Paul Ayris

Pro Vice-Provost and Director of UCL Library Services

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