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Institutional Repository Guide: Services and Benefits

A guide to the University of Alabama's Institutional Repository. What it is, the services provided, and how to use it.

Visit the Institutional Repository at ir.ua.edu

What services are available?

The IR and IR Department are here to serve all members of the University of Alabama community.  Some of the services offered include:

  • Content indexed by Google.
  • Assistance with navigating publisher Copyright policies.
  • Assistance with retaining author rights.
  • Improved find-ability through additional metadata.
  • Easy submission process.
  • Stable and persistent identifiers.
  • Training.

What are the benefits?

Institutional Repositories provide a number of benefits to the academic community.  The University of Alabama's IR will benefit contributing faculty, staff, and students with:

  • Wider distribution of research and scholarship throughout the world.
  • More citations and attributions.
  • Usage statistics on downloads.
  • Compliance with funder mandated open access.
  • University imprimatur—single place to showcase intellectual output of the University.
  • Community & author control.
  • Digital preservation of materials—provided through Digital Preservation Network, a preservation service for higher education by higher education.