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Argo Scholar Commons

What is the Argo Scholar Commons?

The Argo Scholar Commons serves two purposes. It contains researcher profiles which provide information about faculty, their research, and scholarly works. And at the same time it is the online repository where a community (in this case, the University of West Florida) gathers, preserves, and showcases 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, posters, theses and dissertations, book chapters, posters, videos etc). 

Unlike a personal website 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, digital preservation.

 

 

Ex Libris. (2021). Make Your Research Shine: Esploro Overview for Faculty. https://youtu.be/yq_Cijiy7BA

Do all faculty have profiles and how do we edit them?

All faculty are encouraged to have profiles.  Contact Andii Johnson (ajohnson@uwf.edu) or Cindy Gruwell (cgruwell@uwf.edu) to set up your profile.

All faculty start with a basic profile that has contact information, much like departmental web pages. Faculty can then log into their profile and start editing.  Information may be updated when warranted.  Your research output is on a separate page and includes works harvested from databases and Google Scholar.

Please see the user guide for more information.

 

Who and what types of work can I submit?

While only faculty have profiles, anyone with a UWF research affiliation including faculty, staff, and students can submit materials. Faculty may do this through through their profile. Staff and students can contact Andii Johnson, ajohnson@uwf.edu. We are interested in a wide variety of materials including peer-reviewed materials, teaching and learning objects, presentations, videos, data sheets, lab experiment procedures, posters, conference papers, and many other products of original research and academic creativity.

What about my publisher?

We will review the copyright guidelines for you. Everything uploaded to the IR is run through SHERPA/RoMEO, a searchable database of many publishers’ open access and institutional repository policies. If the SHERPA/RoMEO decision is inconclusive, we will check your specific publisher's guidelines. Most major publishers allow you to place a version of your article into an institutional repository, most usually a pre-print or post-print manuscript (see next FAQ). If required by your publisher's guidelines, your work will be embargoed to the campus community (people with a UWF login). Embargoes typically last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. 

If you have not yet signed a publication agreement, we encourage you to find out your publisher/journal’s self-archiving policy before signing. Some publishers already have self-archiving permission as a standard feature of their agreements. If yours doesn’t, or is too restrictive, consider adding a standard publication addendum, with which many publishers are already familiar. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) has a short write-up on copyright management and your rights as an author.

Items placed in the repository retain their copyright and may have a Creative Commons License. These licenses are applied by the author or creatoe to authorize how their work may be used and shared keeping in mind permission agreements, applicable licenses, publisher policies, or public domain status (Allison, 2019).

Allison, D. et al.  "UNL Libraries Deposit Programs". (2019). Collection Development Policies -- UNL  Libraries. 68. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/librarycolldev/68 

For more information see our Copyright, Fair Use, and more & the Scholarly Communication Guides

How are pre-prints and post-prints defined?

A pre-print manuscript refers to the version of the article submitted for acceptance.

The AAM or Author's Accepted Manuscript is the version of the article after peer-reviews edits that the publisher formally accepts. The pages of an AAM have not been formatted in the publisher's/journal's template.

A post-print manuscript is a version of the article after peer-review and a first printing, like an author's copy of your manuscript.

The publisher’s copy is the version of your work the publisher releases to the public. It has been formatted to fit the journal's template with title placement, text, pager numbers, etc. and is usually in pdf form.

How is copyright handled?

The Argo Scholar Commons respects the copyrights of all publishers. Items placed in the repository retain their copyright and may have a Creative Commons License. These licenses are applied by the author indicate how their work may be used and shared, keeping in mind permission agreements, applicable licenses, publisher policies, or public domain status (Alison, 2019).

ASC does not retain copyright or assign Creative Commons licenses for any of the works in the repository.

For more information see our Copyright, Fair Use, and more & the Scholarly Communication Guides

Can material be removed?

The Argo Scholar Commons is a permanent, open-access repository providing an outward facing portal to access the wealth of scholarship, creativity, and collaboration within the UWF community. While it is rare, removal of works from the Commons will occur only at the request of the author, or for copyright violations, national security, plagiarism, or falsified research. A notation of withdrawal will be placed in the record. Should you need to request that an item be removed, please contact Andii Johnson (ajohnson4@uwf.eduor Cindy Gruwell (cgruwell@uwf.edu).