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Cardinal Scholar Institutional Repository

Cardinal Scholar & Digital Measures

How do Cardinal Scholar and Digital Measures differ from one another?

Digital Measures is a reporting system managed by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness that allows faculty and staff to enter citations to their work and to generate reports that capture their intellectual contributions. Cardinal Scholar is a public digital collection of open access scholarship, teaching, and creative outputs, including full-text articles, posters, presentations, datasets, art works, etc. Cardinal Scholar is managed by the University Libraries, and its contents become part of the Libraries' collections.

While these two systems serve somewhat different purposes, they complement one another by helping to document and showcase how Ball State researchers contribute to their respective fields. 

Can I submit my work to Cardinal Scholar and Digital Measures at the same time?

Yes! When you enter citations to your publications, creative works, or presentations in Digital Measures, you will be asked to indicate that you are willing to contribute your work to Cardinal Scholar. You will then need to upload one or more associated digital files under "Supporting File" in the Digital Measures submission form.

Will my publisher allow me to make my work public in Cardinal Scholar?

For journal articles: Journal publishers will usually allow you contribute a peer-reviewed copy of your article to a public institutional repository like Cardinal Scholar.  As a rule, in Digital Measures you should attach the "accepted manuscript," a version of your article after it has undergone peer review and revisions but before copyediting and layout. This means the file may not look exactly the same as the final version published in the journal, but the content will be identical or nearly identical. 

For other works: You are free to submit creative works, presentations, and publications whenever you own the copyright (or if you jointly own copyright with other collaborators). If you have transferred copyright to a book or music publisher, you should check the terms of your contract and/or request permission to post the work online before attaching the file in Digital Measures.

Note: Libraries staff will check your publishers' policies and review files for copyright compliance before making them public in Cardinal Scholar.