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Institutional Repository Services


Journal LogosDigital Commons@Georgia Southern is proud to host more than a dozen University-related journals and proceedings. In addition to providing a permanent open-access archive for these publications, Digital Commons supports collecting, evaluating, and selecting submitted manuscripts with options for single and double-blind peer review.

The Digital Commons Team is excited to partner with journal sponsors in our commitment to open-access scholarly publication. For more information about hosting your journal in Digital Commons, contact the Digital Commons Team for an initial consultation.

Journal Hosting Overview

Slideshow coming soon. Contact the Digital Commons Team for an overview of the journal hosting process.

Memorandum of Understanding

All journal-related services are provided free or charge; however, we do ask that journal sponsors agree to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a condition of hosting their publication in Digital Commons@Georgia Southern. During journal setup, the Digital Commons Team will review the terms of the MOU and make any needed revisions.

Digital Commons Journal Setup Form

During journal setup, the Digital Commons Team will guide you through completion of the Digital Commons Journal Setup Form. Once this form is complete, we will create and begin to configure your journal site. Journal sites can be ready to start collecting manuscripts in as little as two weeks.

Review Tools for Editors — Similarity Check

Digital Commons supports use of Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative to selectively screen article submissions for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked. Read more at Crossref's Similarity Check & Researchers page.

Copyright and Reuse Licensing Considerations for Journals

The Digital Commons Team strongly recommends use of Creative Commons licenses with hosted journals. During journal setup, the Digital Commons Team will help you develop copyright and reuse policies that fit the needs of your event and participants. For existing journals, we are happy to help review your policies at any time.


Registration in Sherpa Romeo

Eligible journals are registered with Sherpa Romeo, which is an online index that aggregates and analyses publisher copyright and open access policies and provides summaries on a journal-by-journal basis. Every registered publisher or journal is carefully reviewed and analysed by Sherpa Romeo's specialist team. The policy information provided through this service primarily aims to serve the academic research community. Since the service launched over 15 years ago, publisher policies and the open access sector have changed a lot. Open access policy can be complex and varies by geographical location, the institution, and the various routes to open access — all of which impacts how and where researchers can publish their scholarship. Benefits of registration include:

  • Third-party indexers (e.g., EBSCO, ProQuest, ERIC) are more likely to index our journals, increasing their discoverability and use.
  • Inclusion allows our journals to apply for special statuses with third-party indexers which further increases their scholarly profile (e.g., DOAJ Seal of Approval).
  • Researchers are more likely to discover our journals as potential outlets for their research.
  • Journal editors are better able to recruit quality research for publication in our journals.

See our publisher profile and registered journals here:

Digital Archiving

For eligible journals, all articles are preserved using CLOCKSS, a leading preservation archive that guarantees persistent access to journal content for the very long term. Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) through Crossref to ensure they can always be found.


Removing or Modifying Works in Digital Commons

The Georgia Southern University Libraries make every effort to ensure that all works submitted to Digital Commons@Georgia Southern are archived and disseminated in accordance with United States copyright law, University policy, and the wishes of content creators. If for any reason you believe that a work included in Digital Commons should be removed or modified, please contact the Digital Commons Team at (912) 478-4056 or  A member of the Digital Commons Team will contact you as soon as possible during regular business hours.

Liaison & Presenter Tools


For help, contact the Digital Commons Team at (912) 478-4056 or A member of the Digital Commons Team will contact you as soon as possible during regular business hours.