Frequently Asked Questions


What is an institutional repository?

“A university-based institutional repository is a set of services that a university offers to the members of its community for the management and dissemination of digital materials created by the institution and its community members. It is most essentially an organizational commitment to the stewardship of these digital materials, including long-term preservation where appropriate, as well as organization and access or distribution.” Clifford A. Lynch, Institutional Repositories: Essential Infrastructure for Scholarship in the Digital Age ARL, no. 226 (February 2003): 1-7.

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What is the CORE Scholar?

An institutional repository created and hosted by bepress and managed by Digital Services department for the Wright State community.

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How is the University Libraries & Digital Services Department Involved?

The University Libraries sponsor CORE Scholar. The Digital Services department of the University Libraries works to create a unique collection of digital resources for the University community. The department is responsible for creation and/or assisting in the creation of metatada and for digital production, quality control, storage and retrieval, and preservation of digital collections.

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What are the benefits to a contributor?

An important advantage to submitting material to CORE Scholar is immediate distribution of WSU research to a worldwide audience. The items in CORE Scholar are search engine optimized (SEO) to allow for top hits in major search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. This access to scholarly and heritage materials encourages collaboration with colleagues, faculty and students.

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What can I put into the repository?

You might consider contributing articles, e-prints, preprints, datasets both statistical and geospatial, technical reports, images both visual and scientific, working papers, conference papers, audio/video files, electronic-publications, and more.

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How can I submit/contribute to the repository?

Contact the Digital Services Department by either sending an e-mail to or calling 937-775-3927.

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Are other universities doing this?

Many universities have well established institutional repositories including: Ohio State University, Cleveland State University, Cornell, MIT, University of Nebraska, University of Rochester, University of Washington, etc.

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What about copyright and intellectual property issues?

The University Libraries Digital Services staff will assist contributors to ensure they have the right to submit materials.

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Can I submit my research to CORE Scholar and a publisher?

If you submit research to a publisher, it is important that you understand what your rights are and the rights of the publisher. Some journal publishers, for example, allow you to post a pre-print or a post-print to an institutional repository, others may not. One web resource that provides information publishers’ copyright policies and self-archiving practices is Sherpa RoMEO http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php.

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Can I withdraw materials I submitted?

The IR is meant to be a permanent scholarly record. Posting updated versions along with the original materials is the preferred way to show the progression of research. If you have concerns about a work that is already posted, please contact Digital Services at or 937-775-3927 and we will be happy to assist.

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Can I make changes to material in the IR?

You are not able to edit materials once it has been submitted to CORE Scholar. Just as in printed material with newer editions and errata, you can submit an updated version.

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How do I cite items in CORE Scholar?

CORE Scholar provides a recommended citation in APA format for each individual item in the repository. This citation is provided at the bottom of each item’s page.

For more information, see Citing Your Sources or Ask a Librarian.

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