deposit icon IUScholarWorks and IUSW Open

What is IU Scholarworks?

IUScholarWorks is an open access repository provided by the IU Libraries for disseminating and preserving the intellectual output of Indiana University scholars. The repository is designed to host, preserve, and make discoverable a variety of research outputs (text, data, image, etc.) that will not change over time and that are adequately described with standard keywords that make them discoverable to others. IU students, faculty, and staff may use IUScholarWorks to make their research outputs freely available to the world, at a stable URL, and with the assurance that they will be maintained over the long term.

IU Bloomington scholars may submit their thesis or dissertation to IU Scholarworks, and IU scholars from any campus may submit individual research files, as well as thematic collections such as conference proceedings or workshop series presentations.

What is IUSW Open?

IUSW Open is a narrower-scope repository which supports the 2017 IU Bloomington open access policy by hosting and sharing IU Bloomington faculty-authored scholarly articles published after February 2017.

How is IUScholarWorks different from IUSW Open?

IUScholarWorks is used to share a broader spectrum of work and is available for deposit to all IU Bloomington affiliates. IUSW Open is a repository originally intended to accommodate the 2017 IUB open access policy. Thus, it is primarily for hosting and sharing IU faculty-authored scholarly articles published after February 2017. Both of these repositories are freely available to the general public.

What IUScholarWorks Provides

Perpetual access & preservation

All items deposited in the repository receive a stable, permanent URL so that readers will always be able to find it. We can also issue Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) upon request. The Libraries are committed to preserving all items in IUScholarWorks in perpetuity. Read our Format and Preservation Policy to learn more.

Full-text search & display

The full text of deposited items that have text components (e.g. Word, PDF documents) are searched by aggregators like Google and Google Scholar. The repository itself also allows other users to search the full-text of the article and multiple metadata fields (author, publication title, etc.) to locate your item.

Google search optimization

Items in IUScholarWorks will show up highly-ranked in Google search results, which increases the visibility of IU research and can further the impact and citation of individual IU researcher’s work.

Readership & use metrics

We offer two ways for researchers to see how often their deposits are used by others: usage statistics (page views and downloads), and altmetrics (social media shares, saves, and comments as reported by Altmetric). These metrics can be useful to cite in annual reviews and tenure/promotion dossiers. If these metrics are not available for some reason, please contact us at to request metrics for a specific item or collection.

Rights checking assistance

We can help you verify whether or not you have the right to deposit your work in IUScholarWorks based on copyright agreements that you have already signed. Additionally, we can consult with you on your copyright agreement before you sign it in order to ensure that you can retain your rights and make your work openly available. Our Copyright page is a great place to start looking at your publishing agreement and publication options.

Metadata consultation

When you submit an item to the repository, you'll be asked to provide descriptive information about the item. This is also known as metadata and can help others find your work when they are searching for a particular keyword or subject. We provide guidance on how to enter this information so that users and search engines will be able to find your work quickly and effectively.

Embargo management

Not quite ready to make your work open access? We'll help you delay availability to your work for up to five years. Read our Embargo Policy to learn more.

Proxy submissions

We make it easy to give someone else permission to deposit your work on your behalf with our Proxy Authorization Form. Simply fill out the form and as soon as you receive the confirmation you can deposit on their behalf.


Our repository partners with IU’s Scholarly Data Archive to store your research data and ensure you meet the data sharing standards of your grantors/funders. Check out our Open Data page for more information on storing, preserving, and securing your research data. You can upload data via our IUScholarWorks Media and Data Dropbox.


If you need to store and stream video, we partner with Media Collections Online to preserve and share streaming video. You can upload videos via our IUScholarWorks Media and Data Dropbox.