I haven't got time to deposit

Explore why (there are probably more specific underlying objections). "I haven't got time" is a blanket reason given for not doing things we don't really want to do. When people want to do something they will always find the time to do it.

Depositing in a repository is part of research communication. Explain what action they need to take. Functionality of the repository may be able to save you time – for example by producing a publications page (researcher pages), which can be useful for the forthcoming REF exercise.

We need to make process as simple as possible – look at terminology, is workflow logical, do we provide clear instructions as to how to deposit.

There may be genuine time-related issues relating to certain disciplines (e.g. from archaeology, structural problem with this discipline). Could you help with joint bids to manage this data (film, spreadsheets?).

Another approach to opening the dialogue is to be able to quote the time it actually takes. Time yourself putting in an article in your own repository. Time a first-timer doing the same thing. A study at Southampton (link required) came up with an average time for their repository of 10 minutes for deposition - if the depositor had all the required information to hand, along with an acceptable version of the article.

This underlines the need for depositors to be able to go into the process equipped with what they need to know and the right version to hand. It is no good thing if authors find out about copyright and bibliographic requirements half-way through a deposit: this will mean it takes a long and unnecessary time to complete. The probable outcome is for the deposit to be abandoned: so repository managers need to make sure authors are informed before deposit.

But if informed - then about 10 minutes. Therefore, one response is to say as an immediate answer that it only takes 10 minutes to forestall the idea being "in the air" that it might take half an hour or some unknown time - and then lead onto efficiencies and time-saving as a result of this.

Someone may well feel that they do not want to take on *any* extra tasks in their morning, even if its 10 minutes, so even this figure needs to be put into context. If this is put in context of the creation and dissemination of the article, it looks cheap. That is, ask them to consider how long they took writing the article; how long dealing with the publisher; the peer-review comments; the funding proposal. If authors can see this in the larger context of all of the work they do on the article, then 10 minutes seems slight.