A digital repository provides a platform to share your scholarly outputs - articles and manuscripts, books/book chapters, conference proceedings, data sets, protocols, software code, thesis or dissertation, working papers, etc. - openly across the internet. You may choose your institutional repository or an independent subject or content type repository. A repository may include scholarly works prior to publication (preprint) or after publication (accepted manuscript).
A preprint server includes only works that have not been independently published. It is a specific class of repository.
Some of the benefits of depositing your work in a repository include:
As you choose which repository(ies) to use, consider:
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Many universities, colleges, and research institutions have their own digital repositories meant to showcase the scholarly, research, and creative outputs of their community members. These repositories are often referred to as institutional repositories. Our campus’ institutional repository, ScholarWorks, was established in July 2006 and is managed by the University Libraries.
Most content in ScholarWorks is organized by academic departments or research centers or institutes. This allows these units to better showcase the kinds of work they do all in one easily browsable location.
What can you share in ScholarWorks?:
We also support the publication of open access journals and conference and event proceedings through ScholarWorks.
ScholarWorks provides authors with monthly readership reports, open licensing options, stable URLs, and Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).
Contact the ScholarWorks team for more information!
To find a repository of open access, scholarly content that could be a good match for your needs, search:
Institutional repositories (IRs) collect the works of scholars and researchers affiliated with that organization.
Subject repositories collect works within a discipline as defined by its governance.
Content type repositories collect works of the same nature, such as data sets, learning/teaching object, patents, etc.
General purpose repositories have broad representation of different types of open access content they include.
|arXiv||scholarly articles in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.||Subject|
|bioRxiv||unpublished preprints in the life sciences.||Subject|
|Humanities Commons CORE||articles, books, course materials, code, conference papers across humanities disciplines.||Subject|
|medRxiv||journal articles in health and medicine.||Subject|
|OpenUCT||multidisciplinary research outputs, open educational resources, theses and dissertations and more from the University of Cape Town.||Institutional|
|OSF Preprints||journal articles and bibliographic references across disciplines. Browse by subject or find partner repositories.||Content type|
|ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst||data sets, journal articles, proceedings, theses and dissertations and other research outputs from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.||Institutional|
|University of South Australia Research Outputs Repository||scholarly articles and reports, book chapters, creative works and theses and dissertations from the University of South Australia.||Institutional|
|Zenodo||multidisciplinary repository of many content types.||General purpose|