FAQs

General Questions

  1. What is DigitalCommons@TMC?

    • It is an open-access digital repository, which is a service for the Texas Medical Center community, dedicated to preserving and providing permanent and free access to works authored by TMC scholars and researchers. Selected Texas Medical Center historical materials and publications are also collected here.
    • DigitalCommons@TMC is also an open-access e-journal publishing platform. Two long-established e-journals are published here, and a third journal was just launched in 2016.

  2. Can I add my own work to DigitalCommons@TMC?
  3. Yes, you are welcome to deposit your works here, as long as:

    • you are or were affiliated with a TMC institution when the work was created,
    • the work was created or co-created by you, and you currently own or co-own the copyright

  4. What kinds of materials can I contribute?
  5. Formats and types of material eligible for deposit include publisher-approved manuscripts (post-prints), published works (subject to your rights to the work), teaching and learning materials, theses and dissertations, capstone projects, student projects, conference papers and posters, self-published e-books, images, scanned documents, and research data.

  6. Why Should I Care to deposit my works in DigitalCommons@TMC?

  7. Because DigitalCommons@TMC provides Safekeeping -- Community -- Convenience -- Distribution -- Networking

    • A convenient, securely-stored and backed-up copy maintained for the TMC community
    • A permanent link to your work
    • Open discovery via Google, Google Scholar and other search engines
    • Incorporation into the shared index of One1Search, a resource discovery tool used by TMC Library and many other libraries worldwide
    • Opportunities to connect with new colleagues and collaborators around the globe

    Open-access papers are read and cited by more people than papers published in subscription journals.

    Open access significantly enhances your visibility.

    DigitalCommons@TMC is part of a network of nearly 500 active institutional repositories around the world hosted by the same provider. These are easy to explore from the search box- just choose in all repositories. As of mid-2016, the Digital Commons network contained well over two million works of original scholarship, over 250,000 of them in medicine, health and life sciences. Downloads from these disciplines alone total over 36 million to date.

    Placing your article, dissertation or thesis here makes it publicly accessible at no cost to you. If you place your dissertation in Dissertations & Theses Global, a service that must be paid for by you or your institution, you still have the right to deposit it in DigitalCommons@TMC, where its accessibility does not depend upon a subscription.

  8. Can everyone view everything in DigitalCommons@TMC?
  9. Digital Commons is intended as a freely-accessible archive, but a few works are embargoed at any given time: i.e., access becomes available only after a delay period that is requested by the author or mandated by a publisher.

    Access to some, mostly older, dissertations and theses cited here is provided only via a proprietary database; access to those papers is unavoidably limited to users affiliated with TMC academic institutions. Other users can order documents of interest directly from the database provider.

    In every other respect, this is an open-access resource. Articles and other works are usually published under the Creative Commons licensing model.

  10. Who manages DigitalCommons@TMC?
  11. The repository itself is paid for and maintained by The TMC Library. Each participating institution or editorial staff sets its own policies and manages its workflow and content. The Library provides technical support, and is in turn supported by experts at bepress, the software provider. Administrative decisions for the site as a whole are made by the TMC Library, in consultation with participating communities and journal editors, as appropriate.