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Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: UW ResearchWorks Institutional Repository

UW ResearchWorks Institutional Repository

The University of Washington Bothell ResearchWorks Institutional Repository is part of the UW's open access institutional repository and is maintained by the University of Washington Libraries. It provides a permanent, safe repository for providing access to articles, technical reports, datasets, images and other file types produced at the University of Washington by faculty and researchers. ResearchWorks enables University of Washington researchers and academic units to make their scholarly materials accessible to the world, at a stable URL, with the assurance that the materials will be maintained into the future.


Why Deposit Your Paper into the UW ResearchWorks Institutional Repository?

Increases citation impact

  • Provides world-wide visibility and accessibility via search engines such as Google, bringing many new readers to your content

Guarantees permanence

  • Assigns a stable, permanent URL to your work so readers will always be able to find it 

Ensures quick, efficient archiving of your scholarly work

  • Relieves you and your unit of the responsibility for system maintenance
  • Removes information technology barriers

About Institutional Repositories

Digital repositories are widely used as a mechanism for making scholarly works freely accessible on the web. Academic libraries are often involved in the creation and management of institutional repositories that focus on preserving and disseminating the scholarship produced by their institution’s faculty and students. This can include article post-prints or pre-prints and manuscripts, technical reports, conference proceedings, data sets, and software, as well as theses and dissertations.  Institutional repositories are especially important for universities with open access policies, like the UW, that direct faculty to deposit final manuscripts of scholarly articles into a repository.  They are further useful in helping researchers comply with funder mandates on the accessibility of research data. Libraries are also instrumental in creating repositories for the purpose of digitizing, preserving, and showcasing cultural heritage collections.

Disciplinary repositories, such as arXiv (physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computer science, quantitative biology) and PubMed Central (biomedical and life sciences) perform the same sorts of services as institutional repositories, but for scholars within particular disciplines or groups of disciplines. Finally, grant funding agencies, such as federal agencies, create and maintain their own repositories to preserve and disseminate the research they support. These repositories include not only scholarly articles but also the data produced and compiled in the process of the funded research. 

Ready to deposit your article in ResearchWorks?

UW Bothell faculty and researchers are encouraged to submit articles, technical reports, datasets, images, creative projects, and other work to the ResearchWorks Archive. Are you ready to submit your article or other scholarly output to ResearchWorks?

Email or Denise Hattwig at to add your profile to your academic department or community. Then you'll be ready to self-deposit your work! We're also happy to answer questions or help you get set up, just let us know.

Directory of Open Access Repositories - OpenDOAR

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.

A social networking site is not an open access repository

“What’s the difference between ResearchGate,, and the institutional repository?”  Read this useful blogpost by Katie Fortney and Justin Gonder at the University of California Office of Scholarly Communication.