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About Digital Repository @ Iowa State University

What is Digital Repository @ Iowa State University?

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University (DR@ISU) is Iowa State’s open access, full-text institutional repository. What this means is that DR@ISU is a powerful tool to collect, manage, preserve and provide free, worldwide access to research and scholarship of Iowa State’s faculty, staff and students.

Contributing to Digital Repository @ Iowa State University

Who can contribute to Digital Repository @ Iowa State University?

As an institutional repository, DR@ISU accepts work created by current faculty, staff and students of Iowa State University. We also welcome contributions from emeriti faculty members.

What can I contribute to Iowa State University?

Work deposited in DR@ISU should be scholarly in nature. We accept works that are the products of scholarship, including, but not limited to, journal articles and manuscripts, white papers, patents, technical reports, presentations, artwork and performances.

We also provide access to records that shape scholarship at Iowa State (including visioning documents and course catalogs) and publications that describe scholarly accomplishments (including college and departmental newsletters).

Why should I contribute to Digital Repository @ Iowa State University?

  • Open Access—Materials available in DR@ISU can be used by anyone with an internet connection, anywhere in the world. This frees your scholarship from behind subscription pay walls and provides your work with an international platform.
  • Stability—Materials deposited in DR@ISU are given a stable, permanent URL. This means that when you link to your works in the repository, or when your colleagues cite your research, users will always be able to find it—no matter how many times you redesign your Web sites. 404 Errors will be a thing of the past.
  • Download Statistics—Digital Commons, our repository platforms, provides authors with a monthly e-mail indicating the number of times their works were downloaded in the preceding month. For authors with an account, we provide an Author Dashboard with detailed download information. In addition to citation counts, download counts provide authors with insight into the impact of their scholarship.

Who can contribute to Digital Repository @ Iowa State University?

DR@ISU accepts contributions from all current faculty (including emeriti faculty), staff and graduate students. With the support of a faculty member or department, undergraduate scholarship can be deposited, as well.

What types of materials can I contribute to Digital Repository @ Iowa State University?

Materials contributed to DR@ISU should be scholarly in nature. Materials frequently deposited in DR@ISU include journal articles (including preprints), book chapters, proceedings, extension publications, monographs, white papers and technical reports. If you have work you’d like to see in DR@ISU, please contact the Digital Repository Coordinator.

Copyright and Permissions

does contributing material to Digital Repository @ Iowa State University affect the copyright of my work?

No. We will never ask you to transfer your copyright to us before depositing your materials in DR@ISU. The copyright will remain with its owner, whether the original author(s) of the work or the publisher.

My work has been published in a journal and I signed a copyright transfer agreement. Will I be able to deposit it in Digital Repository @ Iowa State University?

It is very likely you’ll be able to deposit a version of the full-text of your article in DR@ISU. Even if you’ve signed over your copyright to your publisher, many publishers will allow you to deposit a preprint or a post-print (in other words, your draft manuscript of the article) in the repository. Some publishers will allow you to deposit the published version of the article in the repository. Check your copyright transfer agreement or with your publisher to determine what deposit rights you’ve retained, or, contact the staff of DR@ISU for assistance.

For more information about preprints and post-prints and figuring out what the different versions of a publication are, please see Preprint, Post-Print or Offprint?.

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