Showcase your scholarship in the UWF Institutional Repository

September 20, 2016

Few academic experiences are as exhilarating as receiving the acceptance of a manuscript for publication in a peer reviewed journal. However, adding a line to your CV with the citation for a new peer-reviewed publication is only one part of scholarly productivity. We want our work to be read and cited. We want to produce an impact on scholarly discussions in our discipline.

 Once upon a time, academics ordered offprints of their journal articles and mailed them to colleagues. Times have changed. Offprints are now electronic author reprints we can distribute through email. Electronic assess to journals increases the breadth and speed of strategies we can use to disseminate our scholarly work to colleagues.

 Academics now use a variety of resources to bring their scholarly work to the attention of their colleagues. Journals generally post electronic versions of publications as pre-prints a year or longer before the print edition of the journal appears in libraries. Social media sites such as, ResearchGate, Menedley, LinkedIn, and other professional and academic networking sites create outlets where you can post copies of your scholarly work and provide easy electronic access for your colleagues. Take care that the materials you post to these sites (or to your personal web page) do not violate the author agreement you signed with your publisher.

 The University of West Florida now hosts an Institutional Repository, which creates an additional outlet for hosting and distributing your scholarly work.

 Why use the UWF Institutional Repository?

 Archive a broad range of scholarly work in addition to traditional peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. You can store technical reports, white papers, conference proceedings, Power Point presentations and posters, and other scholarly works.

  • The IR increases access to the university community, students, professional colleagues, and other potential readers.
  • Search engines (e.g., Google) regularly review the content of institutional repositories, making it easier for researchers to discover and access your work.
  • The IR creates a permanent URL for each item you deposit. You don’t have to worry about broken links when your web site or other electronic storage areas get reorganized.
  • University librarians review publisher permissions associated with each archived item to ensure the pre-prints or post-prints you post comply with copyright agreements.

 More Information about the UWF Institutional Repository

 Brooke Troutman

Scholarly Communications Coordinator



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