Scholarly Communications is an interdisciplinary field of librarianship that facilitates the dissemination of academic research by fostering emerging communication technologies while reducing legal barriers to access.
Scholarly repositories preserve and dissiminate scholarly research in many forms. By uploading papers to scholarly repositories, professors can immediately share them with colleagues and other interested parties around the world. Scholarly repositories are essential components of the so-called "green" open access model.
Scholarly repositories generally come in two forms: institutional repositories, which host scholarly materials produced by the faculty, students, and staff members of a particular school or other institution and disciplinary repositories, which gather together materials on a specific subject from scholars at many institutions.
DiscoverArchive is the institutional repository for Vanderbilt University. DiscoverArchive offers a convenient way to distribute your preprints, postprints, and published articles online and to share them with students and faculty at Vanderbilt and elsewhere. By uploading materials into DiscoverArchive, your work will benefit from attention by professional catalogers, who will assist with authority control and subject analysis.
If you have questions about the process or would like to get started with DiscoverArchive, please contact us for an orientation. We would also be glad to speak with your department or school about the benefits of depositing and sharing scholarly materials in DiscoverArchive.