ODU Digital Commons serves as an archive of university, student, and faculty publications, and showcases some of the great work being produced here. An institutional repository benefits the institution, the researcher and anyone interested in scholarly outputs. From an institutional perspective it provides a record of scholarly activity taking place within the university. For a researcher, it creates stable and reliable records of your work.
If you include your work, it will:
Most journal publishers now allow authors to deposit their papers in repositories, but different journals have different rules. If you are unsure about a particular journal, email us and we'll help you figure it out.
Some allow inclusion in a repository before (pre-print) or after (post-print) the paper's publication. Some have an embargo period between publication and deposit in a repository. Some will also stipulate how post-prints should be formatted. The SHERPA project website gives details of publisher's current policies on self-archiving and copyright.
If you're ready to sign a publishing agreement, make sure you investigate the option to self-archive (in the university repository).
Yes -- scanning printed pages is a great way to create PDF files for inclusion in the repository. There are two ways to scan a page: using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) or scanning the page as an image. Making OCR scans requires careful proofreading and loses the original formatting of the documents. Image scans cannot be searched. The best solution takes advantage of both of these methods. Many software applications allow for the OCR capture of image scans. When documents are scanned this way, users see the image scan but search the full-text of the document. This is the preferred method for scanning documents for the repository.
Initially library staff will deposit works using individual faculty vitae or web pages. Any faculty or researcher wishing to establish an account for self-archiving is encouraged to do so.
Contact the repository manager for details: Karen Vaughan firstname.lastname@example.org
The repository software supports the worldwide character set (Unicode, utf-8). Accents, symbols, and other special characters may be copied and pasted into the abstract or title field from a word processing file or typed in directly. Windows users may also use the Character Map to insert these characters. Macintosh users may use the Character Palette (available via Edit > Special Characters in the Finder).
ODU Digital Commons can accept any material that is in digital form, including but not limited to text, video, image, and audio. If your digital object consists of multiple files of different formats, it will be placed in the repository as a set (for example: as a PDF file with associated files). For materials not in digital form, the libraries can help with digitization.
Possible material to place in the ODU Digital Commons includes but is not limited to the list below: