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UWF Institutional Repository (IR)


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

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 in Crow's paper, The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper

"Institutional repositories—digital collections that capture and preserve the intellectual output of university communities—respond to two strategic issues facing academic institutions: 1) they provide a central component in reforming scholarly communication by stimulating innovation in a disaggregated publishing structure; and 2) they serve as tangible indicators of an institution’s quality, thus increasing its visibility, prestige, and public value."

Benefits of Institutional Repositories


Link to Benefits of Institutional Repositories


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


The UWF IR runs every document through a copyright software program that checks the copyright and publisher policies.  This program is called SHERPA/RoMEO. SHERPA/RoMEO is a service geared to show the copyright and open access self-archiving policies of academic journals.  SHERPA/RoMEO uses a color‐coding scheme to classify publishers according to their self‐archiving policy.  This shows authors whether the journal allows pre-print or post-print archiving in their copyright  agreements.

RoMEO is part of SHERPA Services based at the University of Nottingham. RoMEO has collaborative relationships with many international partners, who contribute time and effort to developing and maintaining the service.

Please note that general use of the terms pre-print and post-print can vary: these lists follow accepted definitions for self-archiving purposes. These listings are primarily for the use of the academic research community and any information given is from this perspective.


UWF Libraries hosts it's IR with Lyrasis on an Islandora open access software platform.  Islandora has an active open source community that provides documentation and other resources.

Rights Statement

Materials may not be sold, marketed, or used for commercial applications without express permission from the University of West Florida Libraries and the authors.  

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