Frequently Asked Questions

What is Scholar Works at UT Tyler?

Scholar Works at UT Tyler is an Institutional Repository (IR). An institutional repository organizes, preserves, and disseminates digital materials created by institutions and its community members. It allows faculty and students a way to distribute their work to audiences outside their institution, serving as either an alternative or complement to traditional publishing. Scholar Works at UT Tyler is built to maintain the scholarly and artistic output of the UT Tyler community by storing, preserving, and providing access to documents and publications by students, faculty, and staff. Full text of most works deposited in Scholar Works are freely accessible to the world via the web.

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Who can submit work?

Submitting work to Scholar Works at UT Tyler is reserved for UT Tyler faculty, students, and staff. To learn more about what types of work are accepted, see the Accepted Materials question.

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Why should I deposit my work into Scholar Works at UT Tyler?

Access: By submitting work to Scholar Works, you create more visibility of your work. Descriptive information about deposited work is searchable through Google, increasing readership as well as the impact and citation of your research. Scholar Works is an open access repository, so researchers won't have to pay for access to your work, or rely on works only provided through library or publisher subscriptions.

Persistence: Scholar Works provides creators with persistent, permanent and stable URLs to their digital work.

Preservation: The UT Tyler Library is committed to the long term preservation of digital work. Scholar Works is specifically built to preserve digital work (with the assistance of persistent URLs) for long term access, use, and storage.

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What kind of materials can I add to Scholar Works?

Scholar Works at UT Tyler supports the scholarly output and research of the UT Tyler community--materials that primarily reflect the intellectual environment of the campus, created by faculty, students, and (when appropriate) staff. Examples of possible content include:

  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Published articles (where copyright allows)
  • Conferences papers, presentations, and conference posters
  • Artworks, musical compositions, audio and video recordings
  • Working papers, technical reports, white papers
  • Best papers from students, undergraduate and graduate research, and special projects
  • Manuscripts

The above material types are not an exclusive list of accepted materials—please contact for information on submitting materials not included above.

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Do I have to give up/transfer copyright? What rights do I have?

You retain all rights when you submit to Scholar Works at UT Tyler—there is no surrender or transfer of your copyright. By depositing to Scholar Works, you are allowing UT Tyler the right to preserve your work and, when chosen, permission to distribute your work.

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What about my works I've already gotten published? Can I still submit them?

Yes, most of the time, but it depends. Many publishers give authors permissions to deposit a version (usually pre-print or post-print) of their work into their organization's institutional repository. Authors can also negotiate with publishers upon publication to ensure they hold copyright and the ability to add to Scholar Works at UT Tyler. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA RoMEO.

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If you do not know or are unsure of whether you hold copyright, you can send your article citation or your CV to and the Scholar Works administrator will review your the copyright policies associated with your publications.
Where can I learn more about Author Rights?

The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) can offer authors detailed information about rights concerning work, copyright, institutional repositories, and publishing options. You can also review the UT Tyler Scholarly Communication guide here:

I'm a student and I want to add my research to Scholar Works at UT Tyler. What can I do?

Student work is added to Scholar Works at UT Tyler only under the discretion of faculty members and/or academic programs.

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