About DigitalCommons@URI

DigitalCommons@URI is an institutional repository that showcases the diverse array of materials produced by the University of Rhode Island community. Its purpose is to capture, organize, disseminate, preserve and promote the cultural and scholarly record. Providing free and open access to URI’s intellectual and creative output supports the University’s core mission of education as a public good.

Members of the URI community are invited to contribute their digital content for preservation and worldwide accessibility through DigitalCommons@URI. Should you have any questions, please contact the staff at digitalcommons@etal.uri.edu.

Click here to see the full DigitalCommons@URI Policies and Guidelines (PDF).

For submission instructions, including instructions on creating an account, see the DigitalCommons@URI Submission Guidelines (PDF).

For instructions on creating a faculty profile page, see our SelectedWorks User Guide (PDF).

About Institutional Repositories

Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research.

IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in the IR.

To learn more about Institutional Repositories, see the Digital Commons IR research page.

Who can contribute materials to DigitalCommons@URI?

DigitalCommons@URI includes work created by individuals or groups affiliated with a URI department, program, research team, working group, collaborative project, conference, or other University-affiliated entity, including:

  • URI faculty, researchers, and staff
  • URI departments, schools, and colleges
  • Research centers
  • Undergraduate and graduate students with faculty sponsorship

What kinds of materials can be contributed to DigitalCommons@URI?

DigitalCommons@URI preserves and makes publicly available scholarly, scientific, professional, and cultural works created within the URI community. For questions about specific content, contact digitalcommons@etal.uri.edu. Some common types include:

  • Dissertations and theses
  • Articles (journal, manuscripts)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Conference documents (papers, proceedings, programs, posters)
  • Multimedia materials (video, audio, images)
  • Presentations
  • Grey literature (technical reports, research reports, and working papers)
  • Digitized primary research materials
  • Data sets and metadata
  • Yearbooks
  • Newspapers

Copyright/Permission Policy

By depositing content into DigitalCommons@URI, contributors grant the University of Rhode Island a non-exclusive right to distribute the content through the repository. The DigitalCommons@URI staff may be able to assist with specific questions about copyright and permissions, but the primary responsibility of conducting copyright clearance falls to the contributor. During the submission process, contributors will be presented with the agreement:

Submission agreement for materials in DigitalCommons@URI

“By checking the box below, I grant Collection Name on behalf of the University of Rhode Island the non-exclusive right to distribute my submission ("the Work") over the Internet and make it part of DigitalCommons@URI.

I warrant as follows

  1. that I have the full power and authority to make this agreement;
  2. that the Work does not infringe any copyright, nor violate any proprietary rights, nor contain any libelous matter, nor invade the privacy of any person or third party; and
  3. that no right in the Work has in any way been sold, mortgaged, or otherwise disposed of, and that the Work is free from all liens and claims.

I understand that once a peer-reviewed Work is deposited in the repository, it may not be removed without permission from the administrators.”

Contributors must agree to the submission agreement before posting in the repository.

Access and Use

Users are encouraged to cite and link to digital content in DigitalCommons@URI and are free to do so without asking for permission. Depending on the source of the digitized work, licenses or other contractual terms may restrict further distribution or other uses. DigitalCommons@URI does not have authority to grant or deny permissions to use digital contents that are in the public domain or open access. When any permissible use is made of the materials, we request that DigitalCommons@URI be attributed as the source of the digital contents and that links to the item on DigitalCommons@URI be included where appropriate. If you have any questions about access and use, please do not hesitate to contact the DigitalCommons@URI staff at digitalcommons@etal.uri.edu or (401) 874-5079.