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).
If you have a static website that is periodically updated, then you know how difficult it is to keep it up to date. We can help UWF faculty members manage their materials in a central location, in standardized formats, and in ways that allow for more effective search, retrieval, and long-term preservation.
Yes. Google and other search engines will pick up materials located in the UWF IR. This exposure is a major benefit of open access. Each object (article, video file, etc.) is tagged with metadata that, while not modifying the object itself, allows indexing systems such as Google Scholar to ensure wider visibility for your work.
Absolutely. We are interested in peer-reviewed materials, teaching and learning objects, presentations, lab experiment procedures, and many other products of original research.
We are looking for any materials you, the author, want to give us. Strong preference is given to what we can disseminate openly. For peer-reviewed work, this means materials created and/or negotiated for publication at present and in the future, as well as past articles, providing they do not conflict with contractual obligations. If you wish to deposit past research but do not know whether you have the rights to do so, we can help you sort it out. Your work does not need to be peer-reviewed or previously published to be deposited in the IR.