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a common access point to that institution's published research, and serving as a home for discovery and access of unpublished materials ("grey literature") as well.
DigitalCommons@TMC accepts working papers, conference papers, presentations, dissertations, theses, and articles (in accordance with copyright restrictions) and also accommodates images, data, video, and other formats.It is an open-access resource, making almost all full-text content accessible worldwide.
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 must ascertain that they are permitted to do so by the publisher. These 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. Do be aware that ultimately it is the author's responsibility to verify what use, if any, their agreement with the publisher permits.
For more information on institutional repositories and on adding material to DigitalCommons@ The Texas Medical Center, please contact
Selected Resources on Open Access and Institutional Repositories
Crow, Raym, SPARC Senior Consultant: "The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper" [PDF] (August 2002)
Lynch, Clifford A.: "Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age" ARL no. 226 (February 2003): 1-7.
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).
Read the original declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative
Read the 2017 article by Jean-Claude Guédon, "Open Access: Toward the Internet of the Mind."
Gateway to all DigitalCommons Repositories: search and browse through all of the institutional repositories, journals, and personal researcher pages hosted by Digital Commons.
Visit the SPARC- Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition- website for more information on the public benefits of open access.