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About Iowa Research Online

Iowa Research Online is moving!

We're moving! The University of Iowa Libraries has been using bepress Digital Commons for our institutional repository, Iowa Research Online, for several years. Now we’re building a new system using Ex Libris Esploro. Both systems are known as Iowa Research Online and will be available for the next few months, but (Digital Commons interface) will be inaccessible after September 2021. In the meantime, please explore (Esploro interface) and let us know what you think by contacting us at

What's moving? Not all content in is moving to Faculty publications and electronic dissertations and theses are the primary content types moving to Other content may be moved to other systems. If you have questions about your content and where it will be moving, please contact us at

Where can I find new content? Although most of the content is the same in both systems, some new content is only available in

  • Faculty publications – new content since July 1, 2019 in
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations – new content since December 2019 in

What is Iowa Research Online?

Iowa Research Online (IRO) is a service of the University of Iowa Libraries dedicated to preserving and providing open access to the research and creative scholarship of the University. University of Iowa Libraries staff works with university departments, research centers, and individual faculty to select, submit, and manage content. Members of the academic community are invited to contribute their completed scholarship for long-term preservation and worldwide electronic accessibility. Archiving content in IRO is free and allowed by many publishers. 

The type of content housed in IRO includes but is not limited to:

  • journal publications (both pre- and post-print)
  • conference papers and proceedings
  • presentations
  • working papers
  • book chapters
  • multimedia
  • theses and dissertations
  • creative works
  • any other publications that are appropriate for a faculty member's CV

Why Contribute to Iowa Research Online?

Content archived in Iowa Research Online is:

  • discoverable by search engines such as Google and Google Scholar
  • indexed and searchable in InfoHawk+, the University of Iowa Libraries' catalog
  • hosted on a secure server and given a persistent URL to ensure permanent access
  • registered with a digital object identifier (DOI) - for datasets, working papers, pre-prints, and accepted manuscripts
  • openly accessible to researchers around the world who may have limited access to scholarly materials.