Faculty Services: Institutional Repository


What is the Digital Commons?

Digital Commons LogoThe Digital Commons is Longwood University’s Institutional Repository. Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a University’s research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research.

IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Included in the scope are presentations, senior theses, and other works. If you have work you would like to include, please contact either Mark Hamilton or Hope D. Alwine.

Work included in the Digital Commons is accessible via Google and major search engines, and becomes findable through the Digital Commons Network.

Benefits of publishing in the Digital Commons?

  • ACCESS to your scholarly work is expanded. The Digital Commons offers powerful dissemination that complements traditional publishing and expedites immediate access to your scholarly work.
  • YOU RETAIN all previously-held rights to your works. The Digital Commons accepts your copyright ownership and allows you to freely and legally link to your research output.
  • TENURE procedure is facilitated.  The Digital Commons satisfies requirements to publicly disseminate the results of grant generated research.
  • SEARCH FRIENDLY The Digital Commons’ open-access platform is optimized for visibility through Google and other search engines, making your work more frequently cited, more visible, and more likely to have greater impact. In a time when the average annual scholarly journal subscription costs $1,200, open-access is more important than ever.
  • LONGEVITY & POSTERITY The Digital Commons is archived and digitally preserved.