ScholarsArchive@OSU FAQ

1. What is ScholarsArchive@OSU?

ScholarsArchive@OSU is Oregon State University’s digital repository for research, scholarship, and historical records. OSU Libraries is responsible for collecting, maintaining, preserving, and providing access to the items in ScholarsArchive@OSU.

2. Who can contribute items to ScholarsArchive@OSU?

Any member of the OSU community can contribute scholarly content to ScholarsArchive@OSU. If you have questions about specific types of content and whether they are appropriate for ScholarsArchive@OSU, please contact us.

3. What are the benefits of depositing my research or scholarly materials into ScholarsArchive@OSU?

  1. Universal access - Items in ScholarsArchive@OSU are available to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. There are no fees to access your work.

  2. Increased impact - Scholarship available through open access is cited more often than that which is available only via paid subscriptions. Increased visibility and use of open access scholarship increases impact, as demonstrated by increased citations and download statistics available in ScholarsArchive@OSU.

  3. More exposure - ScholarsArchive@OSU makes your work freely available to anyone who may be interested.

  4. Easier information discovery - The full text of your work and its metadata is searchable, making it discoverable through Google, Google Scholar, other large search engines and library search tools.

  5. Persistent access - You’ll receive a persistent URL for your work that won’t break or disappear. You can paste this URL into any document, resume, CV, or webpage with confidence that it will work in the future.

  6. Long-term preservation - OSU Libraries is committed to maintaining and preserving content and associated metadata stored within ScholarsArchive@OSU.

  7. New computational research technologies - ScholarsArchive@OSU can take advantage of new computational research technologies to provide additional functionality, such as text mining and data linking.

  8. Highlight research - ScholarsArchive@OSU provides a showcase for your department’s research and scholarship. You can point to your department’s scholarship to attract scholars, researchers, and funding.

  9. Create a corpus of OSU research and scholarship - ScholarsArchive@OSU captures the intellectual capital of Oregon State University in one place. 

4. Who can access the items in ScholarsArchive@OSU?

The vast majority of items in ScholarsArchive@OSU can be freely accessed by anyone in the world with an Internet connection. There’s no need to register or login to view or download items.

A small number of items are restricted to the OSU community at the request of the author. If you’re interested in viewing a restricted item, please email us using the Contact form, and we’ll attempt to put you in direct contact with the author.