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Scholarly Communication: Institutional Repositories

This guide contains information about scholarly communication issues and challenges, including open access, author rights, copyright and institutional repositories

Rowan Digital Works


Rowan Digital Works is a service of Rowan University Libraries that provides free, worldwide open access to scholarly, creative, and cultural works created by Rowan University community. Collections include Rowan University theses and dissertations; open access articles and papers produced by Rowan University faculty; materials from University archives and special collections; research datasets; student capstone projects, creative and artistic works; and more.

Benefits of an Institutional Repository


  • Deposit works and make them available open access (i.e. at no cost to the user)
  • Increase visibility and have greater/global impact of scholarship
  • Works discoverable via commercial search engines
  • Access to download statistics
  • Access to social media citation metrics or Altmetrics
  • Permanent links to works
  • Showcase works to recruit future talented students and potential collaborators
  • Comply with external funding agency mandates in making research data and associated publications available open access

Request Researcher Profile

What are the benefits of creating a researcher profile?

  • Showcase Rowan faculty and researchers
  • Helps to serve as a recruiting tool for new students and employees
  • Ability to connect/conduct interdisciplinary work with other faculty/researchers
  • College administrators have the ability to get a high level view of their college’s research
  • Ability to find researchers at other institutions via the Digital Commons Network
  • Researcher profiles are included in the Experts Gallery 
  • Access to reporting features such as who, where and how many times work was viewed and downloaded