Publishing and Repositories
Making your research, whether it's a thesis or article, available to the wider scholarly community promotes collaboration and discussion not only in your field of expertise but also across multiple disciplines.
Theses and Dissertations
Universities and Colleges allow scholars to deposit their theses/dissertations into an institutional repository. The Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) offers a permanent home for Senior Honor Theses, Master Theses and Ph.D. dissertations. For more information about depositing your these/dissertation into the BIR, feel free to visit the Brandeis Institutional Repository section of this guide or visiting the Brandeis Library site.
Beyond your institutional repository, you can also deposit your work in other Open Access repositories. Below is a brief list of repositories and social-networking sites for scholars:
- Academia.edu - Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research. Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. Over 92 million academics have signed up to Academia.edu, adding 23 million papers. Academia.edu attracts over 49 million unique visitors a month.
- Mendeley - Mendeley is a desktop and web program produced by Elsevier for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online.
- Zenodo - Zenodo is a general-purpose open-access repository developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by CERN.
Along with repositories for theses/dissertations, there are numerous disciplinary repositories operated by independent organizations. If you want to pursue a career as a scientist or scholar at universities, research labs, or think tanks, it is extremely important to publish your work. Further, grant funding agencies, such as federal agencies, create and maintain their own repositories to preserve and disseminate the research they support. These repositories include not only scholarly articles but also the data produced and compiled in the process of the funded research. Below is a brief list of subject area focused repositories:
- ArXiv - Open access to 1,576,573 e-prints in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics. Submissions to arXiv should conform to Cornell University academic standards. arXiv is owned and operated by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution. arXiv is funded by Cornell University, the Simons Foundation and by the member institutions.
- RePEc - RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 101 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences.
- SSRN - The SSRN, formerly known as Social Science Research Network, is a repository and international journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities and more.