ODU Digital Commons is an institutional repository where the scholarly and creative works of the Old Dominion University community are captured, archived, and showcased. Materials can include journal articles (preprints, postprints, and publisher copies), book chapters, research projects, technical reports, conference papers, university publications, datasets, theses/dissertations, multimedia presentations (PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, images, video) and more. CONTACT: Karen Vaughan, Digital Commons Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 757-683-4184
"...a set of services that a university offers to members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members." (Lynch, http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br226/br226ir.shtml).
The development of institutional repositories (IRs) is tied to the "Open Access" movement in higher education. As subscriptions to important scholarly journals continued to soar throughout the late 1990s and into the next decade, faculty and librarians sought ways to exercise greater control over the access and dissemination of their institutional scholarly work. The idea of each institution providing free and "open access" to the work of their own scholars was thought to be an approach that, not only would be more cost effective than subscriptions, but would allow the work to enjoy wider visibility.
Among the 6000+ repositories listed at OpenDOAR (http://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/opendoar), 2149 of these repositories are "open access" and 1700+ of the open access repositories are identified as "institutional" repositories. According to this same source, a little over 1200 of these open access (IRs) host dissertations and theses.
Over time, a good number of the institutions hosting these repositories have successfully increased the variety of content deposited to their IRs. Along with dissertations and theses, IRs are hosting journal articles, working papers, multimedia, conference and workshop papers. As the open access ethos and depositing to the IR are normalized activities among successive generations of faculty, dissertations and theses material will be dwarfed by the other types of content. In time, setting costs aside, IRs will be institutionalized.
--from ProQuest Libguide
With ODU Digital Commons, you can:
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Institutional repositories generally host articles by members of the institution that have been peer-reviewed elsewhere. But many publishers and journals now give blanket permission for self-archiving in repositories. Authors need to take advantage of this opportunity.
In addition to institutional repositories, many disciplines have their own open access repositories. Below are just a few:
arXiv: Physics preprints.
bioRxiv: Preprints in the life sciences.
PubMed Central (PMC): free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journals; the mandated repository for research funded by the National Institutes of Health
Social Science Research Network (SSRN): Abstracts and papers in social sciences.
See FAQ for discussion of ResearchGate/Academia.edu vs. Institutional Repositories