Institutional Repository (UoTIR)

A guide to get you started on formatting and submitting your completed papers to The University of Tampa's Institutional Repository

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library’s Institutional Repository (UoTIR) is to collect, preserve and make available the intellectual output of the institution, its members and affiliates.  It is meant to promote the University’s scholarship and create an institutional record of academic and other intellectual work.

Digital Collections at UT

Students: Submitting Your Work to the UoTIR

Students, please check with your department about guidelines and get authorization from your faculty advisor or instructor before submitting. Review your department page on the left-hand navigation for more information. 

If you are a current student and your professor has instructed you to submit your final project, capstone, thesis or dissertation to the repository, please use this form:

Student Submissions Form

Faculty: Submitting Your Work to the UoTIR

Please review the Faculty Publications page before submitting your work. 

Faculty Submissions Form

Requesting Access to Your Work (Alumni, Faculty, Staff)

If you are an alumni, staff, or faculty and your work is already included in the UoTIR, but it's not openly available to view, and you would like to request a copy for yourself and/or make it freely available, please fill out this form:

Permissions Release Form

What is an Institutional Repository?

An Institutional Repository (IR) is a type of open access archive where digital copies of student and faculty work are collected, indexed, and preserved. A university repository functions as a central location where scholarship is freely accessible to the campus community and/or to the world. Many colleges and universities have some form of digital archive to showcase institutional achievements, founded on the principles of open access (OA) scholarship.


The UoTIR is managed by The Macdonald-Kelce Library. Search or browse the archive by author, title, department, date, or document type (thesis, photograph, journal, etc.).

What are the benefits of an Institutional Repository?

There are many benefits of archiving in a university institutional repository!

The UoTIR serves to:

  • Preserve the scholarship of The University of Tampa.
  • Boost visibility of student and faculty research.
  • Build citation counts for faculty to use when seeking tenure or applying for grants.  
  • Demonstrate high quality work for undergraduate students to use when applying to graduate school or employment. 
  • Fulfill any departmental accreditations. 
  • Comply with grant requirements to deposit data or articles in an archive. 
  • Increase our institutional reputation.
  • Maintain competition with peer universities. 
  • Provide free and open access to scholars around the world. 

What is Open Access?

Open Access publishing provides scholarly literature that is free to read (not behind a pay wall) and often has various re-use rights.

Institutional Repositories function as Open Access archives (also known as self-archiving or green open access), by freely providing access to research on the internet.

Gold Open Access refers to journals which are fully OA, or traditional publishers who offer options for authors to make their work freely available, with or without a fee.

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