Institutional Repository FAQ’s

What is an Institutional Repository?

An Institutional Repository is an online archive of research and publications created by members of the institution’s learning community. The site provides a permanent storage for sharing journal articles, books, dissertations, reports, art exhibitions, conference proceedings, white papers, peer-reviewed scholarly articles and creative works. Alumni dissertations and clinical case studies will also be available in the repository. The site will link directly with Meridian’s website and faculty webpages.

The site provides authors with enduring preservation and stewardship, enhanced profiles, broad visibility to attract new audiences and opportunities, media accommodation, and encourages a community of sharing and collaboration amongst the Meridian community.

Why does Meridian have an Institutional Repository?

Enduring preservation—the commitment to permanent centralized preservation, security, and stewardship.

Open access—Materials stored in Meridian’s Scholarship Institutional Repository offer enhanced visibility over print publication, attracting new audiences and opportunities for collaboration.

Promotes the values and strengths of Meridian’s community—Meridian’s Scholarship Institutional Repository heightens awareness of Meridian. This increased awareness will display educational, social, and economic values that can translate into tangible benefits, including funding, recruitment, and broad recognition of subject expertise.

How do authors benefit from submitting works in Meridian’s Scholarship Institutional Repository?

Author profiles—regular submission of works provides an author with a central archive and a record of publications for a CV. Faculty, faculty emeritus, graduate students, affiliated independent researchers, and campus administrators are invited to participate.

Broad visibility—academic work available online offers wider dissemination and enriched career prospects for the author. Postings to Meridian’s Scholarship Institutional Repository are not generally regarded as prior publication, making copyright arrangements with employers and publishers easier to manage.

Media accommodation—audio and video materials, not compatible with print publishing, can be readily accommodated in Meridian’s Scholarship Institutional Repository.

Rights—with Meridian’s Scholarship Institutional Repository, you are not transferring your rights to the Library or the University. As the author, you are free to publish in other venues.

Scholarly communication—Meridian’s Scholarship Institutional Repository is the beginning of a long term investment in changing the structure of scholarly communication, augmenting the existing academic publishing system and easing peer assessment and institutional review processes.

Contact Information

Any correspondence concerning this specific repository should be sent to itservices@meridianuniversity.edu.

Meridian’s IT Services Team manages the Institutional Repository.

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