Digital Commons@TMC is an online repository sponsored by The TMC Library and dedicated to serving as a scholarly resource for member institutions of the Texas Medical Center.
This growing collection shares, publishes and preserves works produced by faculty, scientists and students at TMC institutions. Papers, conference presentations, dissertations and theses, student projects, teaching materials, data sets, reports, images, video and audio files may be deposited. It is an open-access resource, making content accessible worldwide. If you are affiliated with a TMC institution, we invite you to deposit your materials to share your work on a global scale, to ensure your contribution to the health sciences remains a visible part of the Texas Medical Center’s digital legacy.
Publishing your work in DigitalCommons@TMC increases the reach and impact of your work. Not only will your work be findable through DigitalCommons@TMC, but also show up in major search engines like Google, Google Scholar, and Bing. DigitalCommons@TMC is viewed by 165+ countries with more than 30k downloads monthly.
Other Digital Commons@TMC services include:
- hosting your open access peer-reviewed academic journal
- hosting conference, symposium or workshop content
- hosting research data without sensitive information
Note on Publishing Practices and Ethics
DigitalCommons@TMC is dedicated to ethical publication practices. The TMC Library hosts a variety of journals and peer reviewed content. All hosted journals operate independently with distinct policies and are encouraged to follow the policies outlaid by COPE and ICMJE. All research that is included in a repository should follow the appropriate research ethics policies outlaid by the Declaration of Helsinki and institutional guidelines of each TMC member. All journals and repositories on the platform should maintain a policy for handling corrections, retractions, and editorial expressions of concern. We also recommend following the guidance provided by the Council of Science Editors' White paper.
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 ascertain that they are permitted to do so by the publisher. SHERPA ROMEO keeps an updating list of copyright and self-archiving policies at publisher level. Search by journal title or publisher 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. Be aware ultimately it is the author's responsibility to verify what use, if any, their agreement with the publisher permits.