USF Scholar Commons is Extending USF's Global Reach

The USF Scholar Commons, a service of the USF Tampa Library, is a showcase for the University's research and creative output. Members of the USF academic community are encouraged to contribute completed scholarship for long-term preservation and worldwide electronic accessibility. To view the brochure, click here.

USF Scholar Commons extends the reach and impact of the USF research community without increasing faculty workloads. Search engine optimization means publications are readily found via a web search. Authors can track interest in their work through monthly readership reports.

By submitting digital copies of their completed research, students and faculty can provide immediate global access with permanent URLs, as well as assert intellectual property rights.  What's more, linking researchers across disciplines through a comprehensive digital collection of the institution’s scholarship can stimulate new integrated and interdisciplinary work. As USF Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation Karen Liller says, "Scholar Commons has allowed me to not only reach broader audiences with my research and research interests but learn so much about others on the Commons.  It really does have the potential to be a wonderful scholarly networking tool."

Through the USF Scholar Commons digital thesis and dissertation collection, many graduates have already had the full-text of their work downloaded multiple times.  Illustrating the impact of USF Scholar Commons on student success, one of our most downloaded articles, Teaching inclusivity: Preservice teachers' perceptions of their knowledge, skills and attitudes toward working with English language learners in mainstream classrooms, written by doctoral student Phillip C. Smith, has been accessed over 1,500 times.

The publications hosted on USF Scholar Commons are freely accessible to anyone with access to the Internet. This open access means that the work of the USF research community is available, at no cost, to contribute to solutions to pressing societal and scientific challenges.

Contributing material to Scholar Commons also satisfies public dissemination requirements associated with most grant-funded research and allows the public to see tangible evidence of where tax and donated funds are used, with the potential to inspire additional research funding. Randy Borum, professor in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences credits the USF Scholar Commons with expanded readership of the Journal of Strategic Security, which is published there: "This year - with gracious and capable support from USF Libraries -  we moved the Journal of Strategic Security (JSS) to the Scholar Commons platform. It has substantially extended the Journal's reach, readership and impact.  USF Scholar Commons has made JSS, which addresses major issues in contemporary global security, freely accessible to scholars and policy-makers in a user-friendly online format."

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Published: Nov. 15, 2011
Written by: Todd Chavez, Rebel Cummings-Sauls, and Eileen M. Thornton - USF Libraries