Academic Commons

I’ve been researching what an Academic Commons recently, and have one conclusion: My research can be published in one.

I started with a quick Google search of ‘academic commons’ and was met with a list of other University’s who have an academic commons open to the public for free.

Columbia University’s statement:

“Academic Commons is Columbia University’s digital repository where faculty, students, and staff of Columbia and its affiliate institutions can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research. Content in Academic Commons is freely available to the public.”

Academiccommons.org’s about statement:

“The Academic Commons is a platform for sharing practices, outcomes, and lessons learned. The community can use this platform to advance specific collaborative efforts toward stated strategic goals and concrete outcomes and to facilitate the collaborative development of knowledge.”

Stony Brook University’s statement:

“An open access scholarly repository where faculty, students, and staff of Stony Brook U can deposit their research, scholarship and creative work. Content in Academic Commons is freely available to the public. Academic Commons is a service of University Libraries.”

Of the three listed, all of them are basically saying the same thing. Key words include ‘repository,’ ‘research,’ ‘students, faculty, and staff,’ and ‘scholarly work.’

As part of our collaboration with the writing center for class, I’ve utilized these statements and fabricated a working about statement for Fairfield’s Academic Commons, which can hopefully get running soon:

“Fairfield University’s Academic Commons is a digital repository freely available to the public. This is a platform where students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to deposit their research and scholarly work.”

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