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Scholarly Communication: Argo Scholar Commons (Institutional Repository)

Argo Scholar Commons (ASC)

Welcome! The University Libraries are proud to host the Argo Scholar Commons (ASC), our faculty research portal and Institutional Repository (IR), which is an online showcase of research, scholarship, and creativity from the UWF community. ASC 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 Argo Scholar Commons 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 ASC guide for more information.

Why should you contribute to the Argo Scholar Commons?

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.

ASC 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: ASC 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:  ASC 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 ASC provides a stable URL to your publications so your research will always be findable.

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

What kind of material can be placed in the ASC?

Contributions to ArgoScholar Commons 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.

Expand Your Visibility - Open Access Repositories

You may want to broaden your scholarly profile by uploading pre-prints to various non-profit repositories*.  Be sure to carefully read about their policies and rules. Most of these sites are self-archiving, hence you are responsible for understanding copyright and/or any other applied licenses.

*By far the "world's largest collection of open access research papers" belongs to CORE definitely worth checking out to see what other folks have done or are doing. Physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics Biology Chemistry Ecology, evolution, and conservation Health Sciences Psychological Sciences Social sciences Sport, exercise, and health research Physics, math, computational science, biology, chemistry, humanities, academics

OAD - Disciplinary Repositories - guide to a wide variety of subject repositories