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Scholarly Communication & Publishing: Institutional Repositories

Information concerning Open Access, copyright, predatory publishers, impact factors, altmetrics, author rights, public access policy and data management plans.

R.E.D. Research. Engage. Design.

USD R.E.D. at the University of South Dakota is an initiative of the University Libraries (I.D. Weeks and Wegner Health Sciences Library). The repository serves institutional interests by collecting, organizing, preserving and disseminating scholarship and creative works in an open access environment. This initiative is consistent with the libraries' role in preserving publications and other artifacts documenting the university's history and the activities of its faculty, staff, and students. In addition to archiving USD's scholarly output, the USD community can use the repository to support the publication of open access journals, post event content, and create image galleries. 

Benefits of an Institutional Repository

  • Authors can deposit a version of their published work
  • Increased professional visibility 
  • Greater dissemination of work; greater impact of scholarship
  • Works discoverable via commercial search engines 
  • Access to download/readership statistics 
  • Access to social media citation metrics, or Altmetrics 
  • Long term preservation of work and associated data; authors not responsible for archival stroage 
  • Permanent links to works 

Institutional Repository Contents

Contents of an Institutional Repository can include: 

  • Faculty scholarship 
  • Peer-reviewed open access journals 
  • Student works
  • Grey literature
  • Research posters 
  • Campus documents 
  • Research datasets 
  • Image galleries, video recordings 
  • Campus event proceedings
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