The Archive

Archivio E-Prints is the Florence University institutional archive of electronic documents (e-prints): a fundamental resource for scientific communication. It contains documents for teaching and research produced by professors, researchers and academics of the University: didactic material, technical reports, theses, working papers and preprints, as well as articles which have already appeared in journals, conference papers and chapters from books already published.

Archivio E-Prints

  • makes it possible for authors to deposit, update and modify their documents directly and simply;
  • guarantees access, and the conservation of the documents in an official University archive;
  • guarantees a broad and immediate dissemination of the documents;
  • guarantees easy utilisation of the documents from an authoritative institutional container;
  • offers advanced research options for the targeted retrieval of documents

An e-print is an electronic document designed for the propagation of scientific information. There are various types of e-prints: teaching material, technical reports, papers presented at conferences and articles, both in versions prior to those later printed (pre-print), and in versions subsequent to those already published, for example in a journal (post-print).
The author who deposits documents in the Archivio E-Prints will enjoy the benefits of a rapid and broad dissemination of the results of his or her research. Rapid because there's no need to await the normal publication times. Broad because the work will be made available in a free-access electronic environment.
Above all, the author who inserts a document in the Archivio E-Prints is guaranteed its long-term conservation within an authoritative institutional context which, as well as enhancing the dissemination of the work, also qualifies it.

The authors can deposit their electronic documents directly after a simple and free registration process. A series of guided steps make the insertion of documents in the archive extremely easy.
By self-archiving in the Archivio E-Prints Archive the author maintains all the moral and economic rights over his or her work. Effectively this option is not designed as an alternative to traditional publication, but as a complementary method of disseminating and valorising the results of research.
In the case of works which have already been published, these may or may not be inserted in the archive, depending on the agreements made with the publisher. Effectively, the majority of publishers leave the author the option of managing an electronic version of his or her work so that it can be inserted on a personal website or in an e-prints archive.

The documents contained in the Archivio E-Prints can be freely searched, retrieved and utilised free of charge by the members of the scientific community.
The Archivio E-Prints also makes it possible to search and retrieve information from resources located on different servers at the same time. Effectively, the programme enables both the acquisition of data from the documents deposited in the archive and the option of searching other archives which interact on the basis of a shared protocol

About this software

This site is running GNU EPrints / revision: EPrints 2.3.13 (Cup Cake) [Born on 2005-07-25]

GNU EPrints is free software developed by the University of Southampton, England.

For more information see and

Technologies employed and supported:

Powered by: MySQL, Apache Webserver, PERL, mod_perl, XML, DOM, GNU EPrints.

Supports: Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, VLit Transclusions, Valid XHTML, Valid CSS.

Part of: The GNU Project.

Powered by MySQL The Open Archives Initiative Powered by Vlit Part of the GNU Project GNU EPrints


Christopher Gutteridge - Designer and coder of EPrints version 2.

Mike Jewell - Pre-release testing. The initial versions of scripts for creating and installing an EPrints v2 package. Some coding assistance.

Robert Tansley - Creator of EPrints 1 on which EPrints 2 is based.

Al Riddoch <> - Assistance in writing the "configure" script for the installer.

Gui Power - Adapting the online help for version 2.

Developed at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, England.

University of Southampton Department of Electronics and Computer Science