About UNI ScholarWorks
Over 2 MILLION GLOBAL DOWNLOADS
UNI ScholarWorks (ISSN 2578-3637) is a service of Rod Library’s Digital Scholarship unit dedicated to preserving and providing open access to the research and creative output of the University of Northern Iowa. Rod Library staff works with university departments, centers, and individual faculty to select, submit, and manage content. Members of the UNI community are invited to contribute their completed scholarship for long-term preservation and worldwide electronic accessibility. Archiving content, such as author manuscripts, in UNI ScholarWorks is free and allowed by many publishers.
- Identifying and making available via the UNI ScholarWorks web site documents and files produced by the faculty, research groups, staff, students and affiliates of the University of Northern Iowa community
- Distribution of regular reports that provide data on the impact and usage of faculty publications
- Access to simple and inexpensive electronic publishing of original series, journals, and monographs
- Promotion of research efforts via a searchable database, reports to key administrators and stakeholders, and coordination with other research recognition activities
- Creation of UNI SelectedWorks pages which highlight the scholarly accomplishments of each individual faculty member
- During the Spring 2019 semester, the digital collections in CONTENTdm were moved to UNI ScholarWorks.
UNI ScholarWorks adds works throughout the year, increasing the impact of University of Northern Iowa’s scholarship. View the repository’s growth over time, updated monthly (Activity by Year.) Go to the Digital Scholarship page for more information.
What is it?
UNI ScholarWorks is a collection of services designed to capture and showcase all research, creative, and scholarly output by the University of Northern Iowa community by bringing it all together under one umbrella, with the aim to preserve and provide access to that research. These services include:
Posting a document provides faculty, staff, and students many advantages:
- Where you publish makes a difference – studies have shown that open access articles have more views/downloads than non-open access articles. Open access articles tend to be more frequently used and cited, therefore research has higher impact.
- Enhances professional visibility and impact through broader dissemination and increased use of research
- More citations to and downloads of Works
- Supports graduate scholarship by providing public access to theses and dissertations
- Provides a quick, effortless, and inexpensive method of sharing research
- Helps remove the significant access barriers to research and publicly funded scholarship
- Provides substantial support of University of Northern Iowa’s scholarly communication efforts by facilitating the entire publishing and dissemination process
- Gives researchers information on how often their works are being used through monthly download reports
Who Can Contribute? Submission Policy
We accept works created by any University of Northern Iowa department, research unit, or center. We accept works created by UNI faculty, faculty, and students with authorization from a sponsoring department or faculty member. Other individuals affiliated with the University of Northern Iowa (e.g., contributors to University of Northern Iowa sponsored conferences and journals) can contribute works to the repository.
What Types of Materials? Content PolicyFinal versions of your output are welcome and may include many types of materials includes but is not limited to:
- journal publications
- conference papers and proceedings
- working papers
- book chapters
- multimedia (including video files and audio files)
- administrative and policy documents
- course assignments
- lesson plans
- laboratory notebooks/activities
- learning objects
- lecture notes
- lecture videos
- data sets
Can Materials be Removed? Preservation Policy
UNI ScholarWorks is intended to be a permanent record, therefore removing content from public viewing is strongly discouraged. Authors will be notified by the repository administrator before removal of any content. Authors wishing to remove or update their content should contact the repository administrator at email@example.com.
What Can You Do With the Metadata? Metadata Policy
Anyone may access the metadata free of charge
What Can You Do With the Data? Data Policy
Anyone may access full items free of charge/Access to some or all full items is restricted.
How Can I Add Materials?
Adding your materials to UNI ScholarWorks is easy! For faculty and staff publications send us a copy of your vita, and staff in the Digital Scholarship Unit will take care of the rest. For other types of works, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation about the project. If you have questions about contributing to UNI ScholarWorks, you may contact the site administrators at email@example.com or contact your Library Liaison.
Registered with OpenDOAR
UNI ScholarWorks has been registered with the OpenDOAR, Directory of Open Access Repositories, since February 2019. OpenDOAR is a global directory of Open Access repositories and their policies. See the UNI ScholarWorks OpenDOAR entry (OpenDOAR ID 4284) for details.
Registered with ROAR
UNI ScholarWorks has been registered with the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) since spring 2016. ROAR is a searchable international database indexing the creation, location, and growth of open access institutional repositories and their contents. To date (spring 2018), over 3,000 institutional and cross-institutional repositories have been registered. See the UNI ScholarWorks ROAR entry (ROAR ID 11437) for details.
Feedback From Users
- Tabea, a graduate student from Germany, states, "... I'm writing my master thesis in the field of Marketing. Having access to this publication [Relevant decision criteria and their level of importance in consumers' choice of hospital] helped me gain valuable insights regarding the topic of my thesis..."
- Hannah, a student, states, "As a graduate student, I can continue my research and learning experience knowing I have reliable resources at hand!”
- A graduate student from Spain states, "Access to this publication [Dungeons and Dragons and Literacy: The Role Tabletop Role-Playing Games can Play in Developing Teenagers' Literacy Skills and Reading Interests] has helped me expand my research scope for my Master's thesis."
Iowa Research Commons
Iowa Research Commons The Iowa Research Commons portal is a shared repository of the three Iowa public universities, University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa. Visitors to the site can search the contents of all three institutions at the same time by using the search box. Content gathered to collections on the site highlight theses/dissertations, undergraduate research, and journals of Iowa’s three public universities.
For assistance in submitting works and in using the UNI ScholarWorks services or to learn more about the project, please contact: