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Scholarly Publishing: Iowa Research Online (IRO)


Iowa Research Online (IRO) is a dynamic repository created to increase the impact of research and creative scholarship at the University of Iowa. IRO offers the ability to view publications by department, academic discipline or author.

A repository is a place where scholars can deposit digital content they have created. These open access repositories accept all types of scholarly materials—virtually any digital material that the institution wishes to preserve.

Repositories exist for individual institutions (e.g. IRO at the University of Iowa) and for specific disciplines. Examples and information about repositories can be found on the tab titled Open Access Models

There are currently two ways to access IRO: 


Include Your Scholarship

IRO accepts the following content:

Anything for which you retain copyright, such as presentations and working papers, can be added to IRO. Many articles, however, cannot be posted because of publisher restrictions. For content that may be excluded under your current publication agreement, you may seek permission from the publisher.

Check your existing copyright agreement or visit the SHERPA/RoMEO database which offers a summary of publisher copyright policies & self-archiving. Library staff can assist you in your endeavors to determine copyright restrictions on existing publications and can also assist you in retaining your copyright for future publications.

Additional Features of IRO

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Benefits of IRO

Publicize Your Scholarship

  • All your publications can be collected in one place
  • Full-text indexing increases search options
  • High Google rankings increase your visibility
  • Monthly usage statistics emailed to authors
  • Quickly make research available
  • Embargoes supported for journal articles to conform to publication guidelines
  • Easily add articles from PubMed
  • RSS feeds and automatic email notification of newly published content
  • Mailing list manager and “Tell a colleague” email feature to announce new research
  • Highlight work of entire department
  • Accessible to researchers around the world who may have limited access to scholarly materials
  • Raise your departmental profile by centralizing scholarship

Preserve Your Scholarship

  • Stable URLs ensure long-term access
  • Ensures long-term access to the University’s scholarly life

Contribute Your Scholarship

Click the Submit Research link on the page for your department's publication or visit the Submit Your Research page, or let your subject specialist know if you are interested in adding content to IRO and they will assist you.

Library staff will check copyright permissions and add your content (contact

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