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Panther180 Scholarly Activities Enhancement

Demonstrate your impact by using FIU's Institutional Repository

the why and how

By archiving full text versions of your articles and research in FIU’s Institutional Repository (IR)

  1. Expand findability and readership of your work;
  2. Receive monthly download reports via e-mail;
  3. Reports reflect international usage of your scholarship by others;
  4. Use this unique information to enhance your tenure and promotion documentation; 
  5. You retain the fullest extent of your author’s rights for all work in the IR.

All full text work included in FIU's IR Digital Commons is openly accessible making it discoverable through Google, Google Scholar and other search engines. This low barrier to access allows researchers who do not have institutional access or subscriptions to discover, download and cite your work.



Contact us about your interest in including full text versions of your work in the IR.

We will:

  1. Review your publications.
  2. Determine publisher permission to include your work in a repository. Learn more.
  3. Upload your articles to Digital Commons.

You will:

  1. Use the new IR links to your work with your Panther180 Scholarly Activity profiles/citations.
  2. Access real time readership reports via the Author Dashboard.

But doesn’t my publisher hold all the rights to my articles?

Yes and no. In many cases, the publisher does retain all rights to the published version of the article. However, many publishers will now grant authors the right to include the author’s accepted manuscript (this is the version after peer review, but before any publisher formatting) in an Institutional Repository. As part of the Panther180 initiative, Library staff will check each individual article for any copyright restrictions. This is why it is a good idea to keep both the published version and the author’s accepted manuscript version of your articles. You can also check what your publisher allows by reviewing your publishing agreement or checking Sherpa/Romeo. You can also contact with any questions about the copyright related to your work.

What is a post print?

The author’s accepted manuscript, (aka post-print), is the author’s submitted version after it has gone through peer review. It has no publisher formatting and is the final accepted version submitted by the author before the publisher publishes the article. As such, proofs and offprints delivered to the author from the publisher are not post-prints. Because the post-print is produced by the author, it is typically a DOC (or other word processing file format) or Tex format.

What is a pre-print?

The pre-print is the original version of the article submitted for consideration. This version has not gone through peer-review and does not reflect any revisions made through the peer review process.

Why do publisher’s let authors post the author’s accepted manuscript but not the publisher version?

The changing nature of research, funder requirements for the dissemination of research and the Open Access movement are all forces that have contributed to publisher’s allowing authors the ability to share their work more openly in new ways.

Demonstrate Your Impact - Digital Commons Author Dashboard

Explore Your Readership Through the Readership Map

The readership map helps to visualize the global reach of your research in Digital Commons.

Track Usage Through Download Reports

View Download reports for all your work as well as each individual item.

Share your Readership Reports

Easily share your readership map and download reports with guests easily through the share function in the Author Dashboard.

Monthly Readership Reports to Your E-mail

Each month, you will receive readership reports for all your work in Digital Commons. You can access detailed information from the Author Dashboard. Learn more about the Digital Commons Author Dashboard.