Still have questions about Digital Commons @ Butler University? You have reached the right place! Below are some frequently asked questions about Butler's institutional repository. For questions grouped by subject, click on an individual question tab to display the answer in the subject box.
Individuals affiliated with any Butler University, college, department, program, or other campus unit can contribute content. If you have something you would like to submit, please contact BU Digital Scholarship at email@example.com.
Digital Commons @ Butler accepts work that reflects the intellectual output of the university, including the scholarship and research of students, faculty, and staff that may or may not have been previously published. These materials may include, but are not limited to:
Journal articles, essays, or reviews (pre- and post-print)
Contributions to books
Conference proceedings and papers
Technical reports and campus publications
Research reports from grant-funded projects with Open Access requirements
Creative works (including scores, poems, plays, etc.)
Most digital formats are acceptable; however, we encourage you to use PDF formats for text-based works and are happy to convert MS Word files into PDFs on your behalf. SelectedWorks pages are capable of directly linking to an externally-held work if we are unable to secure rights to deposit your work into Digital Commons. If you are interested in digitizing your work for deposit or are unsure if you retain distribution rights, please contact BU Digital Scholarship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Butler University faculty and staff the first step is to contact BU Digital Scholarship at email@example.com.
Visibility of your work in a centralized location means more of your peers can find and cite your work (via searches in Google Scholar and other federated search engines), providing you with a wider audience.
Inclusion of your work in the full range of research conducted at Butler University provides you with institutional recognition.
Retain control of intellectual property rights to your work by granting a non-exclusive license to the DigitalCommons@Butler University.
Context for your work, placing you side-by-side with the scholarly and creative contributions of your colleagues.
Create a digital archive of more of your work, including CVs and previously unpublished work, such as conference presentations and white papers.
Continuity so that your work is assured a stable online location that can be cited now and in the future thanks to a unique, persistent URL.
Improved sharing capabilities, including RSS feeds and “Tell a Colleague” email notifications
Monthly download reports help you gauge the impact of your publication by tracking full-text downloads
"I don’t have time to digitize or locate all my publications."
The library would be happy to help you deposit your work. Individual contributions and requests for SelectedWorks pages are handled on a first-come first-served basis.
Individual authors retain their copyright, but are asked to complete a Non-Exclusive Licensing Agreement [.pdf] for materials deposited. Any requests for commercial use of materials found in the Digital Commons @ Butler University received by repository staff will be referred back to the author.
The Association of Research Libraries has published a number of reports relating to digital repositories and new models for scholarly publishing. Raym Crow’s “The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper” and Clifford Lynch’s “Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age” are two important papers written in support of the institutional repository within academic institutions. Finally, Charles Bailey's Digital Scholarship site is an excellent resource for information about institutional repositories, scholarly publishing, open access, and digital curation.