Welcome to Day 3 of the Research Impact Challenge!
Today we’ll explore how scholarly digital repositories can help you make all kinds of work—from article pre-prints to slide decks to syllabi—easier to preserve, share, discover, and cite.
Have you ever shared your published articles or other forms of scholarly work with colleagues over social media or through email, or posted them to your personal website? Using a digital repository can make the common activity of exchanging work with colleagues easier and more stable.
Not all repositories behave exactly the same way, but as a general rule, by depositing work in a repository, you’ll get:
There are many different scholarly repositories. Often, they focus on specific disciplines, such as mathematics or biology; or communities, such as members of the Modern Language Association or University of Maine faculty, staff, and students.
Choose a repository from the following list (or a different one that you know) and take some time to explore it. Find one item of interest in the repository that you'd like to read, use in your research or teaching, or share with colleagues.
A Selection of Key Scholarly Repositories:
Interested in exploring other repositories? Consider this wide range of repositories by discipline.
BONUS challenge: Create an account and deposit a piece of your work in an appropriate repository!
Already have an account with UMaine's DigitalCommons, or another repository in your field?
Take this opportunity to review your account for accuracy, check for missing publications, and add nontraditional works (e.g., a poster, syllabus, thesis, slide deck, conference talk, or patent).
Preparing for the next challenge:
Congratulations! You’ve completed Day 3's challenge of exploring a digital repository for preserving and sharing your scholarly work! Tired of online platforms yet? Join us tomorrow, for the Day 4 challenge, where we'll take an inventory of our academic social media use in order to prioritize and make strategic decisions about where to spend time and effort in the coming year.
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