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UWF Institutional Repository

Why should you contribute to the UWF IR?

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.

The UWF IR 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: The UWF IR 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:  The UWF IR 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 UWF IR provides a stable URL to your publications so your research will always be findable.

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

Who can contribute to the UWF IR?

Current UWF faculty and staff, as well as retired UWF faculty and staff, are eligible and encouraged to contribute to the UWF IR.  

What kind of material can be placed in the UWF IR?

Contributions to UWF's institutional repository 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.

How can I contribute to the UWF IR?

      For questions or to contribute scholarly material to the UWF IR:

  • contact Melissa Gonzalez, Head of Reference:
  • contact Andii Johnson, IR Program Manager
  • contact your subject specialist


      We are happy to deposit materials for you.  Please send them to us along with the following information:

  • A statement such as “I authorize the UWF Libraries to deposit the enclosed item(s) in the IR"
  • Specify which version of your work these files represent (pre-print, post-print, publisher’s copy)
  • Any publication or other bibliographic information for the item(s)
  • Your current CV or resume
  • Your ORCID ID and/or Researcher ID

What if my material is not in a digital format?

We are happy to scan and digitize any work that is not yet in digital format.  We just need to arrange a meeting to obtain the items.  Library staff can ensure the safety and security of the items while in our possession.  We will return physical items to you once they are scanned, along with digital copies of the materials.