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Niner Commons

A guide to sharing and preserving your research through UNC Charlotte's institutional repository, Niner Commons.

What value does Niner Commons create for you?

Preservation & Long-Term Access: As part of its responsibility in managing Niner Commons, the Library will dedicate staff and resources to safeguard your collection of works, ensuring stable file formats are used and preservation metadata applied to digital objects for long-term access. Each work is assigned a permalink that can be shared widely.

Research Impact (stats, readership, citations): Niner Commons makes materials harvestable by Google Scholar and comes with a suite of analytics tools to measure their impact. This data may prove useful for promotion, tenure, and reappointment.

Scholar Profile: Faculty and graduate students who deposit two or more works into Niner Commons can request their own individual scholar page. This allows you to showcase your collection of work, including scholarship that exists outside of traditional publishing venues, so that you can have a digital presence that provides a more comprehensive record of your contributions to your field. 

Catalog Access: Each work receives a record in the library catalog, UNC Charlotte’s primary access point for information resources.

Innovation: Niner Commons enables the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.

Funder Mandates: Niner Commons can be used to satisfy requirements for research data dissemination and sharing practices. 

Departmental Value: Niner Commons captures departmental research output, which can be used for accreditation purposes. 

Benefits of depositing by discipline

Each discipline has their own scholarly publishing practices. Niner Commons can be used in concert with various established practices to better support your work.

Sciences: Institutional repositories like Niner Commons are widely used by the sciences to further disseminate open access works. Niner Commons can also help researchers receiving federal funding fulfill their grant's open access mandate.  

Humanities & Social Sciences: Niner Commons can support digital humanities projects and house scholarly output involving video, photographs, and audio. Niner Commons also provides an avenue to further disseminate works that are not formally published, such as grey literature or conference posters.