Digital Commons (Elsevier)

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Digital Commons is a commercial, hosted institutional repository platform owned by RELX Group. This hosted service, licensed by bepress, is used by over 500 academic institutions, healthcare centers, public libraries, and research centers to preserve and showcase their scholarly output and special collections.


Digital Commons is a hosted institutional repository and publishing solution, combining traditional institutional repository functionality with tools for peer-reviewed journal publishing,[1] conference management, and multimedia. Digital Commons supports OAI-PMH version 2.0. Metadata is exposed through the OAI. Content published to Digital Commons institutional repositories is optimized for indexing by Google, Google Scholar, and other major search engines.

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.


In 2002, bepress, then known as the Berkeley Electronic Press, partnered with the California Digital Library to create the eScholarship Repository[2] This entailed "hiding" some of the more sophisticated features of the existing journal publishing system, while adding features such as compliance with the OAI-PMH harvesting protocol.[3]

In June 2004, bepress officially launched its Digital Commons institutional repository software at the American Library Association annual conference.[4]

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.[5]

In August 2017, it was announced that Elsevier had acquired bepress.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ eScholarship Repository Release, April 3, 2002
  3. ^ "Library Journal "Digital Libraries" Columns 1997-2007, Roy Tennant". Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  4. ^ ProQuest's Digital Commons@ Winning Broad Market Acceptance Archived 2007-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, November 12, 2004
  5. ^ Institutional repositories published with Digital Commons. Digital Commons.
  6. ^ "Elsevier makes move into institutional repositories with acquisition of Bepress". Retrieved 2017-08-25.

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