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Boost Your Scholarly Profile: Institutional Repository

Submit Your Scholarship to the Institutional Repository (IR)

The UTA Libraries are proud to host UTA ResearchCommons, an online showcase of research, and scholarship, from the UTA community.  UTA ResearchCommons is a digital repository for archiving, preserving, and, disseminating the creative, and scholarly research being produced by the University of Texas-Arlington community.

The UTA ResearchCommons makes your scholarship easily accessible and available in one online location.  Works placed in the repository are more easily discovered in a common internet search.  This greater access makes it easier for researchers around the world to discover your work.  Additionally, researchers can cite these works with a permanent URL without concern for the disappearance or moving of online content.  The UTA ResearchCommons Institutional repository opens up the accessibility of your research, increasing its visibility and usability by making it readily available online, which allows you to gain wider distribution of your scholarly output.  It complements traditional publishing and expedites immediate access to your scholarly work.

A vast majority of studies have demonstrated the Open Access citation advantage by showing an increase by a rate of anywhere from 10% to 600%.  Increasingly grants require research to be archived in an open access repository.  UTA Libraries can gather usage data of your articles in the ResearchCommons.  We also preserve your work in a central location.

For more information on UTA ResearchCommons and how to submit materials please visit the UTA Libraries Scholarly Communication: ResearchCommons research guide:  or email:LIBRARY-RC@LISTSERV.UTA.EDU

What You Need To Do


  • Call or email your Subject Specialist Librariansend them an updated copy of your CV.
  • We do the work (check publisher copyright practices and upload what we can)
  • We may need you to provide post-print or pre-prints of your works depending on the publisher's copyright policy. Pre-print is a term used to describe the first draft of the article before peer-review.  Post-print is a term use to describe the version of the paper after peer-review with revisions being made.  It is separate from the version that is type-set or formatted by the publisher.
  • Example: Mohan Pant (Education)

What is an Institutional Repository?

An institutional repository is a single, online place where a community (in this case, the University of Texas Arlington) gathers and preserves 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, theses and dissertations, book chapters etc).

As defined by EnablingOpenScholarship, institutional repositories are "digital collections of the outputs created within a university or research institution."  In simple terms, it is a collection of research and scholarship.

Other Online Professional Networks

These are popular sites to maintain a professional presence and share your scholarship. Keep in mind that each of these requires you to set up an account. There is no fee to set up an account, but you will get frequent email updates. Sign up for these accounts only if you plan to maintain them. If you have submitted your scholarship to the institutional repository, you can link your IR account to some of these platforms as well.

Do you already have accounts on these sites? If so, review them to be sure they are up-to-date.  

These networks differ from regular social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) in that they are specifically targeted towards sharing your professional and scholarly accomplishments. 

1) To set up an account, you can link it to your Google+ or Facebook accounts, or if you would rather do it via email, that is also an option. You can easily upload scholarship, link your IR account, and follow colleagues. Be sure to upload a profile picture! 

2) To set up a Research Gate account, you can easily set it up using your email, but the account can also be connected to your LinkedIn or Facebook accounts. 

3) LinkedIn can also be created using your email address. and Research Gate are specifically tailored toward sharing scholarship, and help you monitor analytics around your own scholarship as well as follow other scholars.

Why Should I Contribute to an Institutional Repository

The IR (ResearchCommons) makes UTA 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 UTA 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 UTA 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 UTA 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 UTA IR provides a stable URL to your publications so your research will always be findable.

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

Pro's and Con's of Online Networks Outside of UTA

Academics in Social Media

  • Share your conference presentation on slideshare 
    • Re-use conference presentations to visually share your research
    • Upload your powerpoint, pdf, keynote, or opendocument slides
    • Connect your google drive or dropbox account
    • Use the social share buttons to reach social networks
    • UTA Faculty Examples: slideshare Peggy Semingson (Education)
  • Video abstracts on youtube
  • Share your work on a blog
  • Find your community on twitter
    • Make connections with others in your field
    • Use hashtags for your research areas like #Altmetrics or #DigitalLearning
    • Use the 5-3-2 rule (50% from other people, 30% your content, and 20% sharing about you)
    • Tweet at conferences
    • UTA Faculty Example: Pete SmithDennis Maher (Theatre)Marti Harvey (Communication)
  • Humanities Commons is a non-profit network open to all scholars to post their work and access the scholarship of others.  It was founded by the Modern Language Association [MLA]. Its is generously funded by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The National Endowment for the Humanities