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Iowa State University Digital Repository

What is the Iowa State University Digital Repository?

The Iowa State University Digital Repository is Iowa State’s open access, full-text institutional repository. The digital repository 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.

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What are the benefits of sharing my work through the Iowa State University Digital Repository?

  • 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.
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    Who can contribute to the Iowa State University Digital Repository?

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

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    What types of materials can I add to the Iowa State University Digital Repository?

    Materials contributed to the Iowa State University Digital Repository should be scholarly in nature. Materials frequently deposited in the digital repository include journal articles (including manuscripts), book chapters, proceedings, extension publications, monographs, white papers and technical reports.

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    Can materials be removed from the Iowa State University Digital Repository?

    The Iowa State University Digital Repository is intended to be a permanent record of scholarship produced at Iowa State University. Therefore, removing materials from the digital repository is highly discouraged. There may be times, however, when it is necessary for authors or repository administrators to remove or update content in the repository. Under most circumstances a citation to the removed content will remain. Authors wishing to remove or update their content should contact the repository administrator at digirep@iastate.edu.

    Graduate theses and dissertations: All requests to remove graduate theses and dissertations must be approved by the Graduate College. Because theses and dissertations are completed as part of a degree program, and because Iowa State University promotes the public sharing of knowledge, the Graduate College will only approve the removal of theses and dissertations in rare, extenuating circumstances. We cannot remove any theses or dissertations without the Graduate College’s approval.

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    How can I add materials to the Iowa State University Digital Repository?

    In most cases, the Iowa State University Digital Repository uses a mediated process for adding materials. This means that all you need to do is send us a copy of your vita, and staff in the Library’s Scholarly Publishing Unit will take care of the rest. For a few collections (primarily working paper and technical reports series) faculty may be able to upload their own work. For more information, please view the Submit Research page.

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    Iowa State University Digital Press

    What is the Iowa State University Digital Press?

    The Iowa State University Press is an online platform for publishing and/or hosting journals and conference proceedings.

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    Who can start new journals or proceedings?

    Any current faculty member or student organization may request to start a new journal or conference proceedings. Professional organizations with an Iowa State faculty member on their journal editorial board or conference committee may also utilize the Iowa State University Digital Press.

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    How do I start a new journal or proceedings?

    For more information on starting a new journal or proceedings, please contact the Scholarly Publishing Services librarian at digirep@iastate.edu.

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