- Do you want to publish your scholarly research but retain copyright privileges?
- Do you want to publish more easily, faster and at less cost?
- Are you interested in sharing your scholarly research world-wide?
Consider these questions as you review the examples below. Try the quiz from the left menu: What Have You Learned? after you’ve spent some time with this section.
Universities are creating digital archives for scholarly work in informational or institutional repositories (IR), thereby making these materials accessible online. UBC’s informational repository is called cIRcle.
You retain copyright authority over your work and others are required to acknowledge and cite you properly. In fact, publishing your work in an IR can result in increased citation of your work when compared with works that are not openly accessible. Your work is preserved in one permanent URL on the web, making access easier for:
- Potential employers
- Poster presentations
- Social networking sites
- Personal Web pages
Check out Coming out of your silo: leveraging cIRcle to increase your academic impact to hear some UBC student perspectives on contributing to their informational repository.
Other institutions with IRs include:
- T-Space at the University of Toronto
- eScholarship Repository at the University of California
- DSpace at MIT
- It is up to each faculty, or department, to decide what is showcased in repository collections. Be sure to discuss submitting research papers or theses to your IR with your professors and classmates.
- IRs can help you become familiar with the scholarly publishing process, copyright issues for managing your digital rights, and the value of creating metadata (subject keywords and abstracts) to make your work more easily findable on the web.