26,538 items to date 12,831,126 full-text downloads to date 2,227,717 downloads in the past year
In the simplest terms an Institutional Repository is “a digital preservation system” and showcase for an institution’s research output. Additional information concerning IRs can be found in these articles:
- Lynch, Clifford A. “Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age” ARL, no. 226 (February 2003): 1-7. http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br226/br226ir.shtml
- “Institutional Repository.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Http://www.wikimediafoundation.org/, 12 Aug. 2011. Web. 19 Aug. 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institutional_repository
The system is supported by bepress’ Digital Commons. Find out more information on Digital Commons here: http://digitalcommons.bepress.com
Some IR’s do allow for restricted content; however Scholar Commons is a completely open access IR. If you require restrictions on your material please
The USF Tampa Library strives to develop and encourage research collaboration and initiatives throughout all areas of campus. Members of the USF community are encouraged to deposit their research with Scholar Commons. We commit to assisting faculty, staff, and students in all stages of the deposit process, to managing their work to optimize access/readership, and to ensure long-term preservation. Long-term preservation and increasing accessibility will increase citation rates and highlight the research accomplishes of this campus. Scholar Commons will have a direct impact on the University’s four strategic goals: student success, research innovation, sound financial management, and creating new partnerships.
Scholar Commons will provide digital preservation and open access to all scholarly works produced by the University of South Florida Community. We want to grow Scholar Commons to be a vehicle to drive research communication across disciplines and the globe.
- Scholar Commons assists with copyright clearance, while allowing you to freely and legally link to your research output.
- Scholar Commons satisfies many requirements to publicly disseminate the results of grant generated research.
- Scholar Commons’ platform is optimized for visibility through Google and other search engines. Research is more frequently cited, more visible, and receives greater impact.
- Scholar Commons provides the global community barrier- and cost-free access to your important research. In a time when the average annual scholarly journal subscription costs $1,200, open-access is more important than ever before.
- Scholar Commons provides participating faculty a monthly “readership report” with download statistics.
- Scholar Commons content is archived and digitally preserved.
- Scholar Commons provides a safe “home” for grey information resources such as reports, image galleries, data, and other material that is important to scholars but is not typically published in traditional channels.
Digital theses and dissertations produced by USF students in the period 2003-2010 made up the first significant deposit into Scholar Commons in February of 2011. In March 2011, we initiated a “soft launch” focusing on select works generated by faculty in two academic departments and one college. The official USF-wide release was made in Fall 2011.
Scholar Commons is globally accessible by anyone with access to the Internet.
Generally, only members of the USF academic community may upload content. If you feel that your material would be an appropriate addition please contact the administrators at .
Scholar Commons uses a bepress platform that features a multi-tiered disaster recovery plan utilizing fail-over servers and regular on-site and off-site backups. They make copies of repository content available for institutional back-ups, and support LOCKSS, an OAIS-compliant preservation strategy that provides tools for libraries to back up each other’s content.
All content will be preserved indefinitely, unless a specific request for removal of a specific item is directed to the IR managers. If you believe that your copyrighted material has been deposited into Scholar Commons without consent please immediately contact the administrators at .
||Carol Ann Davis|
|Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian
||Director, Digital Scholarship Services|
|USF Libraries||USF Libraries|
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