The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is the World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. Through the OKR, the World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form.

The OKR contains thousands of World Bank research outputs and knowledge products across a wide range of topics and from all regions of the world, including:

World Bank Group Annual Reports and Independent Evaluation Studies;

Books published by the World Bank Group including flagship publications, academic books and practitioner volumes;

All World Development Reports (WDRs) plus recent WDR background papers;

Journal articles published in World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO), two journals published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the World Bank;

Accepted manuscripts of Bank-authored journal articles from selected external publishers (after an embargo period if applicable);

Metadata and links to Bank-authored external journal articles;

Serial publications (typically data-intensive outlook reports);

Policy Research Working Papers (PRWP)—a series of papers that disseminate findings of work in progress in order to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues;

Selected other papers of high research quality;

Economic and Sector Work (ESW) studies—a series of analytical reports prepared by Bank staff. ESWs gather and evaluate information about a country’s economy and/or a specific sector;

Knowledge Notes, providing short briefs that capture lessons of experience from Bank operations and research;

The latest Country Opinion Surveys done in client countries for feedback on World Bank Group activities.

Selected translated titles.

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The Open Access Policy requires that, beginning July 1, 2012, manuscripts published through external publishers must be made freely available online through the Bank’s OKR, preferably without delay. If an external publisher requires an embargo period, the Bank will respect the requirement, but every effort will be made to limit the duration of the embargo. The version of the manuscript made available will be the final manuscript as accepted for publication, not the final published version.

Pre-print versions of externally published journal articles are available in the OKR under a CC BY license. These are working versions of papers prior to being accepted for publication into a journal. Pre-print versions are typically published in the Bank’s Policy Research Working Paper Series (PRWPs).

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