This page contains information on the SLU open archive Epsilon. You will also find guides on how to format different publication types and how to deposit them in Epsilon.
What is Epsilon?
Epsilon is an Open Access archive for electronic publishing of SLU publications. All dissertations, student projects, reports and factsheets produced at the university are published in Epsilon, together with several other publications. All available in full text!
Contains publications such as dissertations, reports, journal articles, books, conference proceedings and fact sheets, mainly from 2003 and onwards.
Contains most student projects from 2009 and onwards.
There is also an older archive, no longer open for new deposits, but fully searchable. This is the Epsilon SLU Undergraduate theses, which contains undergraduate projects not part of an education within the Bologna education cycle, produced at SLU from 2003 - 2009. Please note that not all undergraduate projects have been deposited and that some projects older than 2003 are included in the archive.
Local depositing - global access
Even though an article is deposited in an electronic local archive like the open archive at SLU, its circulation will be global. Epsilon communicates with numerous other archives, search engines and databases.
The way this works in detail can be described by the routines the library follows when adding an article to the archive. It has to do with metadata - i.e. the bibliographic description of the document. In order to use the interoperability between different archives, i.e to navigate, analyze and retrieve documents in more than one open archive at a time, it is vital that everyone describes the documents in the same way, regardless of which archive the article was deposited in.
Epsilon provides persistent links
The Internet is inconstant. A web page that is online one day may be gone the next. One of the many advantages of depositing your publication in Epsilon is the possibility to create a so called persistent link to your text. Regardless of where Epsilon is placed in the future, this link will work and lead to your publication.
A persistent link is possible thanks to something called URN, Uniform Resource Number. In Sweden, these numbers are provided by the Royal Library according to a standard called URN:NBN, where NBN stands for National Bibliographic Number.
All documents deposited into one of the Epsilon archives are automatically assigned an URN:NBN which is then used to create the persistent link. Avoid linking to the actual PDF of your text! That web adress may change in the future, while the persistent link will not.
How to find and use your document's unique persistent link: