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Scholarly Publishing

An informational guide to scholarly communication issues and challenges, including open access, author rights, copyright and institutional repositories

Digital Commons @ Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Digital Commons at Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School is an initiative of the William H. Hannon Library and the William M. Rains Library. The repository serves faculty and institutional interests by collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating faculty scholarship and creative works in a digital, open-access environment. This initiative is consistent with the library’s archival role and responsibility in preserving publications and other artifacts documenting the university’s history and the activities of its faculty, students, staff, and administrators. In addition to archiving LMU's scholarly output, the LMU community can use the repository to support publication of open access journals, host events, image galleries, and other content.

Benefits of an Institutional Repository

Benefits of Institutional Repositories

  • Authors can deposit a version of their published work
  • Increased professional visibility; greater impact of scholarship
  • Works discoverable via commercial search engines
  • Access to download statistics
  • Access to social media citation metrics or Altmetrics
  • Long term preservation of works; authors not responsible for archival storage
  • Permanent links to works

Institutional Repository Contents

Contents of an Institutional Repository could include (to list a few):

  • Faculty scholarship
  • Peer reviewed Journals
  • Student works, journals, electronic theses and dissertations
  • Grey literature
  • Campus documents
  • Image galleries
  • Research datasets