University Scholarship FAQs

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  • University Scholarship serves as the university's institutional repository and is a collection to showcase the expertise in research among our university community. University Scholarship centralizes, preserves, and makes accessible research outputs including publications, presentations, posters, reports, theses and dissertations, and other works created by our Texas State community. It is a professionally maintained archive that gives the university’s intellectual and creative output increased visibility and accessibility over time.

    In addition to University Scholarship, the Research Repository provides a platform for sharing and publishing research datasets for data management best practices and meeting grant funding and publisher requirements. 

    • Texas State University faculty and staff
    • Any Texas State University Department, School, Center, or Institute
    • Texas State University students, with authorization from a Texas State University faculty member. Students should contact the faculty member directly, and faculty should contact us:
    • Other individuals affiliated with Texas State University (e.g. contributors to Texas State sponsored conferences, journals, or special events) may qualify to contribute. Contact us for more information:
  • University Scholarship showcases and provides access to a variety of research and scholarly work including articles, academic posters, presentations, book reviews, books, chapters, reports, artwork, proceedings, photographs, audio/video recordings, etc. Materials with a short life cycle (such as most syllabi) are typically not added to University Scholarship. Appropriate content will be posted in University Scholarship as long as:

    • It is in (or can be converted to) a technically feasible file format, such as a PDF.
    • It does not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright (the University Libraries can help authors with copyright compliance issues:

    In general, University Scholarship does not accommodate the posting of bibliographic citations or abstracts alone, without the referenced paper or work. However, exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

    If you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of potential content, or if you would like to submit material that is not in electronic format, we're here to help. Contact us:

  • Texas State University faculty and staff are encouraged to share their research works through University Scholarship. See our Add Your Work page for information on getting started and Submission Instructions.

    In order for us to reproduce, translate and distribute your submission worldwide in University Scholarship, authors must agree to a non-exclusive distribution license for each item. You will retain your existing rights to your work, and may submit the work to publishers or other repositories without permission from Texas State University.

    Use the Quick Submit Form to quickly upload your work. We will process it, let you know if there are questions, and email you the permanent link once online. 

    To login and self-submit, see instructions on the Add Your Work page or contact us with questions:

  • The University Libraries Digital & Web Services offer digitization of research materials and collections to be made available in University Scholarship. Your original content, from paper documents to books and photographs, will be digitized consistently and accurately. Some considerations:

    • Can the print material be unbound?
    • Would you like the material returned to you once digitized?

    Depending on the material type and project, we'll work with you to determine the best options for digitization. For more information or to get started, contact us:

  • Authors retain their rights for all content posted in University Scholarship. Authors are free to also make their work available on other websites or formally publish their work without permission from the University. As part of the submission process, authors must agree to a non-exclusive distribution license that gives the University Libraries permission to post the material openly on the web and to take the necessary steps to index and preserve the material, including later conversion of the file(s) into a different format if the existing file format becomes obsolete.

    Before you publish, we encourage you to negotiate to retain certain rights to your work including sharing in a course or an institutional repository. See the Agreements and Forms page for information on the Author Addendum and ensuring your rights as an author.

    If submitting previously published works, it may be necessary to review agreement terms made with the publisher or seek permission, if rights have been surrendered. We're happy to help with this. Contact University Scholarship with any questions about copyright status or permissions:

  • Yes. An Author Addendum is a legal instrument that can be added to a publishing agreement in order to allow an author to retain certain rights to their work. For example, including sections of your article in later works, providing copies to students or colleagues, or placing on a web page or institutional repository. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources (SPARC) website provides information for authors on securing their rights and provides an Addendum to Publication Agreement that authors can download and include as a supplement to their publishing contract. 

    More information on copyright, author rights, and related topics is available on the Copyright LibGuide, or contact Stephanie Towery, Copyright Officer.

  • Authors may retain sufficient rights to deposit previously published works in University Scholarship, or can request permission. To determine what rights you have retained, read the agreement you signed with the publisher. If you are unsure, we're happy to request permission for you or check your contract.

    If you transferred “exclusive” or “all” rights to the publisher or you no longer have the agreement, check the publisher’s general copyright and repository policies on the Sherpa/RoMEO site. Sherpa/RoMEO outlines the policies for most publishers and journals and lists permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.

    Please note that there may be special instructions or restrictions that limit your submission to a specific version of the work. For example, a publisher may allow the the author accepted manuscript (i.e. accepted copy without logos and typesetting) but not the publisher’s PDF version to be self-archived. Some publishers allow authors to submit the final publisher PDF versions with proper citation credit and we are happy to help determine the copyright permissions for your work. If you find that only the Author Accepted Manuscript version is allowed in the repository, the Direct2AAM site offers guidelines and instructions to find your manuscript version.

    If your publisher is not listed on the Sherpa site, or if you need help interpreting a copyright agreement or publisher’s instructions, please contact us:

  • Some publishers will allow only the author accepted manuscript version of a publication to be included in an institutional repository. This is the version that has been reviewed and accepted, but is not the final PDF with typesetting and logos. Direct2AAM offers guides and a simple set of instructions to find your Author Accepted Manuscripts.

  • Most journals and publishers do not consider self-archiving in a repository to constitute prior publication. Including your work in University Scholarship is not considered "publishing" and only serves to compliment traditional publication and increase the impact and access to your research.

    Authors should read any rights transfer agreement with the publisher carefully. If a publisher’s standard agreement seems to preclude either prior or later deposit in an online repository, the author may be able to add wording to the agreement recognizing the existing deposit or allowing a future deposit. For example, the original contract may read:

    “The author transfers exclusively to the publisher copyright (including all rights hereunder) in the work for the duration of copyright and all extensions and renewals thereof, in all languages, throughout the world, and in any form or medium now known or hereafter developed.”

    To secure sufficient rights to deposit the work the University Scholarship repository, and to reuse their own work, the author could modify the language as follows:

    “Notwithstanding the above language, I reserve the right to use this work in my teaching and research, for my colleagues at the Texas State University to use this work in their teaching and research, and I also reserve the right to place an electronic copy of this work on a publicly accessible web site.”

    More information about negotiating publishing agreements can be found at the following sites:

    • Author’s Rights – part of the University Libraries Copyright LibGuide
    • Resources for Authors: Practical guidance when submitting journal articles (from SPARC, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition,
  • The University Scholarship repository has been established as a permanent archive and items are intended to be in their final form. Authors or editors of works should ensure that the works they submit are factually accurate and ready for public dissemination and that they have the right to make them publicly available. 

    If you have questions about submitting or revising/removing content, please contact us:

  • Yes. Texas State University Libraries offers open access journal hosting using Open Journal Systems (OJS) through our membership in the Texas Digital Library consortium. More information is available on our Scholarly Communications: Getting Started guide, under Open Journal Systems.

    If you are interested in using the repository for your online journal publication or series, or would like information to get started with OJS, please contact us:

  • All collections and items in University Scholarship have viewable statistics. From the item page, near the bottom, click on View Statistics to see accumulated item downloads and page views.

    You can also received monthly statistics to your email for all of the items you author and include in the repository. To receive those statistics, you log in to the University Scholarship, click Profile (under Account in the left navigation). On your Profile page, under Monthly Statistics, click on the box “Receive monthly file download statistics” and click Update to begin receiving monthly usage and download statistics on the first of each month. 

    If you are interested in other statistics, or need any help setting this up, contact us:

What if I have questions or need help?

We're happy to help answer any questions or assist with submissions, copyright, ensuring accessible versions, and otherwise. Technical issues, datasets, preservation - please feel free to get in touch. 

Contact information: