ScholarsArchive@OSU is Oregon State University’s digital repository for research, scholarship and historical records. OSU Libraries is responsible for collecting, maintaining, preserving and providing access to the items in ScholarsArchive@OSU.
Anyone belonging to the OSU community can contribute to ScholarsArchive@OSU. Faculty can use the Open Access Policy web form to deposit articles. To deposit other materials, contact firstname.lastname@example.org . More information for faculty can be found here. Many graduate students are required to deposit their thesis or dissertation into ScholarsArchive@OSU. Other graduate students may be required to deposit a final research paper. Graduate students can find more information here. Undergraduate and other students should work with their instructor, advisor or department official to deposit work into ScholarsArchive@OSU. Specific information for undergraduates can be found here.
The vast majority of items in ScholarsArchive@OSU can be freely accessed by anyone in the world with an Internet connection. There’s no need to register or login to view or download items.
A small number of items are restricted to the OSU community at the request of the author. If you’re interested in viewing a restricted item, please email us at email@example.com, and we’ll attempt to put you in direct contact with the author.
ScholarsArchive@OSU is organized into Communities and Collections. Communities are academic or campus units such as College of Forestry, Department of Mathematics or Institute for Natural Resources. Collections are groups of digital objects that are similar to one another. Examples of items found in collections are theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, technical reports and faculty research publications.
Each community decides for themselves what is important to collect. For example, the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences has established these collections:
There are three ways to browse ScholarsArchive@OSU. You can:
You can browse all of ScholarsArchive@OSU from any page, but you need to navigate to a community’s or collection’s home page (or be in the community or collection) in order to browse that community’s or collection’s contents. Select ‘Issue Date’, ‘Authors’, ‘Titles’, or ‘Subjects’.
Selecting ‘Authors’, ‘Titles’, or ‘Subjects’ allows you to browse through the listing in alphabetical order, either A-Z or Z-A. You can limit your browsing to just one letter by either clicking on the letter or typing a few letters in the text box.
Selecting ‘Issue Date’ allows you to jump to a specific year and/or month. You can sort results by issue date, submit date or title.
There are several ways to search in ScholarsArchive@OSU:
ScholarsArchive@OSU is format agnostic. It can accept files of any format. OSU Libraries will ensure that all files deposited are retrievable. In addition, ScholarsArchive@OSU promises to ensure that the following common file formats (among many others) are useable in the future, using whatever combination of techniques (such as migration, emulation, etc.) is appropriate given the context of need:
To view the top ten downloaded items, the total number of downloads, monthly downloads and other statistics for a community or collection, select View Usage Statistics on the right hand side of a community or collection page.
To view download statistics for an individual item, you may select View Usage Statistics on the right hand side of an item page.
The non-exclusive ScholarsArchive@OSU Distribution License allows OSU Libraries to reproduce, translate and distribute your work worldwide in print and electronic format and in any current or future medium. The Distribution License in no way affects your copyright as the author of the work.
A Creative Commons License allows copyrighted works to be shared and re-used, within certain parameters, without contacting the author or creator of the copyrighted work. You may assign a Creative Commons License when depositing your work into ScholarsArchive@OSU or you may skip this step.
Pageview and download statistics are common analytics reported by institutional repositories like ScholarsArchive@OSU. Unfortunately, these numbers are often polluted and inflated by non-human activities, such as those of bots, spiders, and crawlers. In previous year, to help tackle inaccuracies in statistics, CDSS has worked to retroactivly 'clean' statistics in the hope of making them more accurate. These activities were met with some success, but also created frustrations for our users.
In 2015, CDSS decided, as policy, to stop cleaning statistics in ScholarsArchive@OSU. That decision was made for a number of reasons including that we weren’t sure that the processes we were using were actually that accurate or helpful, that retroactive cleaning was leading to delays in stats delivery, and that some faculty were complaining about their stats numbers changing over time (pre and post cleaning).
Ultimately, it’s pretty clear to us that page views and downloads should be seen as relative numbers that can give an overall sense to scale vis a vis activity on an article in the repository, but that the absolute values are unreliable at best.
As we move to our new repository platform, we’ll be working to implement some more on-the-fly statistics cleaning methods.
Contact ScholarsArchive@OSU by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.