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Scholarly Repositories

Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications

What is it?

Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications are interdisciplinary fields in librarianship that facilitate the production and dissemination of academic research through the use of emerging digital tools and applications, while enhancing the communication of and access to the results of this research.


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.

Introducing the Institutional Repository

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.

The Institutional Repository for Vanderbilt University 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 the Institutional Repository, 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 the Institutional Repository, 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 the Institutional Repository.