Digital Commons

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Digital Commons is a hosted institutional repository platform. This hosted service is licensed by the bepress also known as Berkeley Electronic Press. It is used by associations, consortia, universities, colleges and public libraries to preserve and showcase their scholarly output.


In 2002, bepress also known as the Berkeley Electronic Press partnered with California Digital Library to create the eScholarship Repository[1]

In June 2004, bepress officially launched its Digital Commons institutional repository software at the American Library Association annual conference.[2]

From 2004 to July 2007, Digital Commons was licensed exclusively by ProQuest Information and Learning.

As of July 2007, bepress resumed licensing Digital Commons directly to subscribers. Today, bepress hosts a wide range of content on its 200+ open access Digital Commons repositories.[3]

Digital Commons clients include academic libraries, public libraries, societies and institutes. Digital Commons also provides plans for individual online journal publishers.


Digital Commons is a hosted open access institutional repository solution. Digital Commons supports OAI-PMH version 2.0. Metadata is exposed through the OAI. Content published to Digital Commons institutional repositories is optimized for fast and accurate indexing by Google, Google Scholar, and other major search engines.

With Digital Commons institutional repository software, "institutions can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, data sets, images, and a wide variety of other content types."[4]

Digital Commons supports a variety of publication and editorial workflows, as well as peer review. Content is uploaded through batch uploads, by linking to external sites, or via a customizable submit form.

Digital Commons provides user notification tools and options for social sharing. These include RSS feeds and automatic email notification for reports of newly published content, mailing list manager to announce newly published research and social sharing buttons. Digital Commons also provides individual readership statistics to users through its Author Dashboard.

Digital Commons institutional repositories integrate with other bepress software including SelectedWorks and the Digital Commons Network.

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