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Scholarly Communication & Institutional Repository: What are institutional repositories?

Scholarly communication(SC) is the process by which academics, scholars, and researchers share and publish their research findings so that they are available to the wider academic community and beyond.

Institutional repositories


An institutional repository is an archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.

Why contribute?

  • Fast worldwide dissemination of your work
  • Indexing on Google, Google Scholar, and other specialty academic search engines
  • Increased visibility for research and teaching activities
  • Full-text search
  • Permanent unbreakable URLs
  • Safe long-term archiving

What to contribute:

All material should be scholarly or educational in nature and faculty sponsored. Examples include: working papers, technical reports, conference slides, proceedings, preprints, postprints, datasets, multimedia, podcasts, screencasts, animations, video lectures, learning objects, student research.

Here are a few links to repository tools and information services.


Videos About Open Access


The following videos help explain and illustrate what open access is and why it has gained increasing importance and popularity with academics in our ever evolving digital age.


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