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Argo IRCommons

Welcome to the Argo IRCommons

NOTICE: The Argo IRCommons will pause all uploading on March 14, 2022 until the Fall 2022 semester in order to prepare for migration to a new platform. We will continue to accept authorization forms and materials for collection creation during this pause. If you have questions or would like more information please contact Andii Johnson  or Cindy Gruwell.

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Welcome! The UWF University Libraries are proud to host the Argo IRCommons

a digital collection that captures, preserves, disseminates

the intellectual, creative, and scholarly output of the

University of West Florida community.


The purpose of the Institutional Repository ( is to:

+  Openly share access to the scholarly output of UWF faculty, students, and staff 

+  Support university research and scholarship

+  Enhance visibility of faculty publications and presentations

+  Promote scholarly communication through open access

+ Increase altmetrics citation impact of research

Benefits of Institutional Repositories - Video


Link to Benefits of Institutional Repositories


Hankins, Heather, "Benefits of Institutional Repositories (Video)" (2019). Digital Commons Training Materials. 9.

Argo IRCommons Policy

The Argo IRCommons has a set of policies that drives and manages its collection.  You may view the current policy by clicking on the link below.

Behind the scenes

UWF Libraries hosts it's IR with Lyrasis on an Islandora open-access (OA) software platform. Islandora has an active, open-source community that provides documentation and other resources. In addition to hosting our scholarly works, Islandora provides use statistics and allows for Almetrics Badges which expands information about the global reach of items in the repository.

As part of our upload process, we create the metadata file that accompanies the materials you submit. Metadata creation is analogous to the process of creating a catalog record for a book. Although the metadata file is separate from the work uploaded, it allows search engines, like Google, to find your works. Just like you find a book in a library catalog by searching the bibliographic records created to describe library-owned materials, other people can find your scholarly works when doing online searches because the metadata file accompanying your works contains keywords, publication information, and abstracts or summaries that describe your works. 

The landscape of academic publishing is constantly being reshaped by many and various forces. That constant shifting can make it difficult to determine what you can and can’t do with published articles. We manually review every published document’s copyright and publisher’s policies to ensure that we (and therefore you) are in compliance.


"Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment."  (SPARC, n.d.)

SPARC.(n.d.) Open Access.

Rights Statement

Permission granted to the University of West Florida to digitize and display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires the permission of the copyright holder.