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Scholarly Communications: IR @ UWF

What is an Institutional Repository

An institutional repository is a single, online place where a community (in this case, the University of West Florida) gathers and preserves scholarly output produced by its members and makes these materials available to the world (copyright permitting). This output may include both publications in peer-reviewed journals and materials not published elsewhere (datasets, pre-prints, post-prints, performance recordings, syllabi, theses and dissertations, book chapters etc).

As defined by EnablingOpenScholarship, institutional repositories are "digital collections of the outputs created within a university or research institution."  In simple terms, it is a collection of research and scholarship.

Why should you contribute to the UWF IR?

The IR makes UWF scholarship easily accessible and available in one online location, enabling increased access to the university community, students, professional colleagues, and beyond.  Works placed in the repository are more easily discovered in common internet search engines (i.e. Google).  This greater access makes it easier for researchers around the world to discover your work.  Additionally, researches can cite these works with a permanent URL without concern for the disappearance or moving of online content.

The UWF IR is a valuable way to extend the scholarly output and historical resources of the University of West Florida to include greater reach and increased circulation.  This increased visibility, awareness, and stability benefits both content creators and the university. 

Increased Visibility: The UWF IR opens up the accessibility of your content, increasing its discoverability and usability by making it available through common online search tools, allowing the author to gain wider distribution of their scholarly output.  It complements traditional publishing and expedites immediate access to your scholarly work.

Archiving:  The UWF IR is archived and digitally preserved, relieving you and/or your department/unit of the need to upgrade digital files to keep up with technology.

Permanence: The UWF IR provides a stable URL to your publications so your research will always be findable.

Grant Requirements:  Submitting your works to the UWF IR may satisfy requirements to publicly disseminate the results of grant generated research.

UWF Institutional Repository

Welcome! The University Libraries are proud to host the Institutional Repository (IR), an online showcase of research, scholarship, and creativity from the UWF community. The UWF IR is a digital repository for capturing, archiving and, disseminating the research, creative, and scholarly output of the University of West Florida community.

The purpose of the UWF IR is to:

  • Support university research and scholarship
  • Promote scholarly communication through open access
  • Increase citation impact of research
  • Enhance visibility of faculty publications and presentations
  • Promote the history of Pensacola and the entire Gulf Coast region

 

Visit our Institutional Repository guide for more information.

What kind of material can be placed in the UWF IR?

Contributions to UWF's institutional repository include theses and dissertations, peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, powerpoint presentations or tutorials, technical reports, white papers, data sets, recordings of presentations and speeches, research projects, research reports and other university publications and images.