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A guide to DigitalCommons@IMSA and the IMSA Faculty & Staff Expert Gallery

Management of DigitalCommons

DigitalCommons is managed by IMSA's library. The Collection Policy and various procedures are reviewed and modified by the DigitalCommons Advisory Group, as needed:

FY22 DC Advisory Group:

  • Jean Bigger; Technical Services Supervisor / DigitalCommons Manager
  • Angie Richardson; Supervisor, Information Resource Center
  • Sowmya Anjur, PhD; Faculty, Science-Biology / Student Inquiry and Research Program Coordinator
  • Adrienne Coleman, EdD; Director of Equity and Inclusion
  • Hannah Anderson, PhD; Institutional Research Associate
  • Katelyn Lancaster; Senior Communications Specialist
  • Elizabeth Martinez; Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist
  • Bill McGrail; Producer/Media Director

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About the DigitalCommons Platform

DigitalCommons@IMSA uses a cloud-hosted institutional repository platform from Berkeley Electronic Press / bepress. Built for discovery, this system features a professional grade publishing platform for journals, conference proceedings, open educational resources, books, campus newsletters and magazines.

Nearly 600 institutions use Digital Commons to preserve and promote their intellectual output and expertise.

What is DigitalCommons@IMSA?



Welcome to DigitalCommons@IMSA!

DigitalCommons@IMSA reflects the scholarly, innovative, and pedagogical culture of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. The goal of this online repository is to share the intellectual output of IMSA and to increase visibility and impact through worldwide access.

IMSA's institutional portfolio has been in development since 2010 and currently links to over 8,000 open-access articles, conference proceedings, teacher resources, image and audio files, as well as provides references to books and other creative works not fully accessible online.

DigitalCommons@IMSA furthers IMSA’s mission, "to ignite and nurture creative, ethical scientific minds that advance the human condition, through a system distinguished by profound questions, collaborative relationships, personalized experiential learning, global networking, generative use of technology and pioneering outreach."

Goals of DigitalCommons@IMSA:

  • Disseminate and promote academic, innovative, and creative achievements of the faculty, staff, and students of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Ensure preservation of and persistent access to said work
  • Provide a publishing platform for open access content from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Document and record IMSA’s history and progress
  • Foster scholarly collaboration between colleagues

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What is the Scope of the DigitalCommons Collection?

The open source materials shared through this repository were created by IMSA faculty, staff, and students and reflect the scholarly, innovative, and pedagogical culture of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Electronic versions of full text scholarly works
  • Published, peer-reviewed literature
  • Author's accepted manuscripts
  • Books and book chapters
  • Conference papers, posters, and presentations
  • IMSA-hosted conference papers, posters, and presentations
  • Creative works (art, photography, mixed media, music, and videorecordings)
  • Classroom/teacher resources: lesson plans, teaching units
  • Lectures, keynotes, speeches, and talks
  • Podcasts and webinars
  • Working papers and technical reports
  • Unpublished scholarly and creative works
  • Unpublished studies and interviews
  • Digital-born files
  • Scanned electronic files

Some items may not currently be accepted into DigitalCommons@IMSA:

  • The item is not able to be deposited because of copyright issues. For example, it may violate a publisher's copyright agreement with an author to deposit a journal article as published (i.e. as a pdf from the publisher's site)
  • The item is in a file format that cannot be deposited for technical reasons
  • Some sets of research data may not be accepted because of their size

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