Skip to main content
The University of Iowa Libraries

The University of Iowa Libraries


Scholarly Publishing: Institutional and Disciplinary Repositories (Archiving your work)

Institutional Repositories

Many publishers now allow some form of archiving locally (see SHERPA/RoMEO). This means that authors can deposit their work voluntarily in repositories at their own institutions or funding agencies, or a disciplinary repository. Sometimes the publisher's version of the PDF may be included in a repository, but commonly authors need to contribute their final, peer-reviewed version of the article.

Iowa Research Online, UI's institutional repository, was created to organize, preserve, and increase the impact of scholarly and creative work at The University of Iowa. It is a dynamic archive of the research produced by faculty, researchers, and students, from published articles in peer-reviewed journals to presentations, theses, dissertations, and unpublished papers. Many institutions all over the world have repositories.

Institutional Repositories in the Midwest

For more information about these and other institutional repositories, see Repository66.

Disciplinary Repositories

Examples of disciplinary repositories include:

Open access to over 500,000 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. Hosted by Cornell University Library.

PubMed Central
PMC is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. All research funded by the NIH now goes into PMC, with a maximum embargo period of 12 months.

Social Science
AgEcon Search
AgEcon Search collects, indexes, and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the broadly defined field of agricultural economics including sub disciplines such as agribusiness, food supply, natural resource economics, environmental economics, policy issues, agricultural trade, and economic development.
Maintained at the University of Minnesota by Magrath Library and the Department of Applied Economic.

RePEc Research Papers in Economics
REPEc is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 63 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and software components. All RePEc material is freely available.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
SSRN is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

History Data Service
The History Data Service collects, preserves, and promotes the use of digital resources, which result from or support historical research, learning and teaching. From the University of Essex.

OLAC (Open Language Archives Community)
OLAC is an international partnership of institutions and individuals who are creating a worldwide virtual library of language resources by: (i) developing consensus on best current practice for the digital archiving of language resources, and (ii) developing a network of interoperating repositories and services for housing and accessing such resources.

Oxford Text Archive
The Oxford Text Archive develops, collects, catalogues and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources. From Oxford University.