Repositories like DigiNole create the opportunity for easier access to scholarly work, meaning that more people can download and cite it, unlike Academia.edu and ResearchGate, which both require log-ins to view material in full.
Institutional repositories have the potential to allow for greater flexibility in sharing scholars’ work. Since sites like Academia.edu do not allow for data harvesting, information/publications on the site are kept locked away. Repositories, on the other hand, do not restrict how the data about hosted research products is used, which allows for integration with other services like figshare, Impactstory, and ORCID. Relaying on a more open scholarship network, researchers can more easily share their scholarship, record its impact, and find new and related work.