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Digital Scholarship Research Guide

What is the Digital Repository?

The Iowa State University Digital Repository (ISUDR) provides free and open access to the scholarly and creative works produced by the faculty, students, and staff at Iowa State University. Scholarship shared in the repository not only benefits from long term digital preservation, but with nearly twenty eight million downloads worldwide, items in the repository also benefit from increased visibility, which can result in greater impact an increase in the number of citations. Authors also receive a personalized webpage featuring all of their scholarship in the repository, an author dashboard detailing download statistics for their scholarship, and monthly usage report.

Scholarship Included in the ISUDR

Scholarly Articles Reports PowerPoint Presentations
Book Chapters Working Papers Theses & Dissertations
Conference Proceedings Blog Posts Historic University Publications
Conference Posters Audiovisual Materials Artwork
Conference Papers    

How do I get my stuff in the repository?

All you have to do is send your CV to From there, one of our repository staffers will handle all of the copyright clearance work on your published scholarship, upload what they can, contact your publishers if needed, and work with you to acquire any necessary manuscripts. They will also build a personalized website for you featuring all of your scholarship in the repository.

Wait, but what about copyright?

For scholarship that has not been formally published, like conference papers, posters, PowerPoint presentations, and blog posts you as the author retain copyright ownership; which means you can share it wherever you like whenever you like.When it comes to published content like journal articles or book chapters,chances are you can share a version of your work, but your publisher may require that you share an earlier version, like a pre-print or an accepted manuscript. If you are curious about what your publisher will allow you to share,a good place to start is with your publishing agreement. Another option is Sherpa/Romeo, which tracks publisher policies for journals and breaks down when and where you can share different versions of your work.