Answered By: Research Center Desk
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2022     Views: 261

Digital Commons @DU is a digital repository, also known as an Institutional repository (IR), which aims to collect all the University of Denver’s scholarly output and creative works in one location. The goal is to preserve work of the DU community and provide open access to this work for those who cannot afford expensive journal subscriptions. For legacy users, Digital Commons has replaced Digital DU. Digitized archival or historical materials is generally not available in Digital Commons, but through our distinct Digital Collections @ DU, an ongoing project of our Special Collections & Archives department.

Digital Commons works with faculty, staff, and students to collect working papers, copies of published articles, conference papers, presentations, instructional materials and any other works not published elsewhere. Further, the repository collects electronic theses and dissertations and capstone projects created by DU students. For example, Digital Commons hosts the Graduate School of Professional Psychology Capstone and Masters' Projects collection. It also hosts doctoral research projects for several departments, such as, the department of Higher Education. The repository also includes open data sets, such as the Natural Knee Data collected by the University of Denver Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics. 

Digital Commons hosts several open access journals. These publications include The Liminal: Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology in Education, Collaborative Librarianship, and the Proceedings of the Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance, to name a few.

Why should you share your work with Digital Commons @ DU?

Digital Commons statistics on an article.

Digital commons @ DU provides a stable URL, access control, and manages all the long-term digital preservation and maintenance for your work. Further, Digital Commons excels at Google optimization, ensuring that your work will have higher visibility and reach a broader audience. Additionally, submitting an item to Digital Commons @ DU also fulfills the public access requirements specified by many grants.

If you are interested in sharing your own research with the repository, please contact Jenelys Cox, the Institutional Repository Manager.