Institutional Repositories (IRs) can be used to bring together all of an institution's research under one umbrella, preserving and providing a common access point to that institution's published research, and making unpublished materials discoverable as well.
DigitalCommons@TMC accepts working papers, conference papers, presentations, dissertations and theses, and articles (in accordance with copyright restrictions) and also accommodates images, data, video, and other formats.It is an open-access resource, with almost all full-text content available to the public.
Inclusion of already-published journal articles in the institutional repository is an extension of the author's copyright to the work. Authors depositing published work in DigitalCommons@TMC should ascertain that they are permitted to do so by their publisher. Two resources can help:
SHERPA keeps an updating list of copyright and self-archiving policies at publisher level.
At RoMEO, search by journal title to discover each publication's copyright and self-archiving policies.
In many cases, permission to deposit your work in an open-access repository like DigitalCommons@ TMC is included in your publisher's agreement without the necessity of seeking specific permission. Please be aware that it is the author's responsibility to discover what is and what is not permitted by each publisher.
For more information on institutional repositories and on adding material to DigitalCommons@ The Texas Medical Center, please contact
Crow, Raym, SPARC Senior Consultant: "The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper" [PDF] (August 2002)
Institutional repositories - digital collections that capture and preserve the intellectual output of university communities—respond to two strategic issues facing academic institutions: 1) they provide a central component in reforming scholarly communication by stimulating innovation in a disaggregated publishing structure; and 2) they serve as tangible indicators of an institution’s quality, thus increasing its visibility, prestige, and public value. This paper examines institutional repositories from these complementary perspectives, describing their potential role and exploring their impact on major stakeholders in the scholarly communication process.
Lynch, Clifford A.: "Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age" ARL no. 226 (February 2003): 1-7.
A university-based institutional repository is a set of services that a university offers to the members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members. It is most essentially an organizational commitment to the stewardship of these digital materials, including long-term preservation where appropriate, as well as organization and access or distribution.
OAIster: a union catalog of digital resources. Provides access to these digital resources by "harvesting" their descriptive metadata (records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).
Peter Suber's Open Access News Blog: News from the Open Access Movement
Gateway to all DigitalCommons Repositories: search and browse through all of the institutional repositories, journals, and personal researcher pages hosted by Digital Commons.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. Aims to cover all subjects and languages.