PDXScholar Access For All

PDXScholar: The Institutional Repository of PSU Scholarship

PDXScholar is an online archive for PSU-authored articles, textbooks, journals, conferences, reports, & data sets. PDXScholar maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and expands the reach of Portland State University scholarship worldwide.

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  • Increases citation impact and visibility
  • Easy to archive and share work with colleagues
  • Persistent URL (permalink), and DOIs for some collections
  • Meets data management requirements for dissemination
  • Sign Up for Your SelectedWorks Profile — a personalized web page that offers:
    • Better ranking in search engine results than other personal web pages
    • Broader dissemination to enhance professional visibility and impact
    • Usage tracking with download reports
    • Notifies colleagues when new publications are uploaded
    • Creates an online vita which can provide full-text access to your publications
    • Exists in perpetuity regardless of PSU affiliation


  • Content must be produced by a PSU faculty, staff, or student, or PSU-sponsored.
  • Content falls under a non-exclusive distribution license to allow online access.
  • Ideally, if the work is part of a series, all works in the series will be contributed.
  • Citations, pre/post-prints, or final versions are included based on copyright terms.
  • Individual contracts with authors supersede journal policies.
  • Retention and Removal Policy:
    Portland State University Library reserves the right to make content available in perpetuity. Content will not be withdrawn from PDXScholar unless significant or unusual circumstances, including legal concerns, such as copyright, libelous content, or privacy issues arise.

Authors’ Rights

  • Authors must grant PSU the right to preserve and distribute the work.
  • Authors must own the copyright or have obtained permission to publish.
  • Authors retain copyright, unless a  copyright transfer agreement exists.
  • Authors can set conditions on the reuse of their work:

Student Submissions

Graduate-level dissertations and theses are automatically archived.

Self-submission Collections
Account creation and login required.
Journals, Conferences, and Symposia
Faculty Nominated Work
All submissions must be vetted by a PSU faculty member.

Open Access Textbooks

Open access textbooks are freely available on the web for students at PSU and beyond.


Successful proposals will meet the following criteria:

  • Used in a PSU course
  • Comprehensive
  • Geared toward a specific field of study
  • Reviewed by 2–3 peer-reviewers: 2 reviewers are unaffiliated with PSU
  • Meets Open Textbook Library submission criteria
  • Impacts large numbers of PSU students (preferred)

Intellectual Property

The author will retain the copyright to the newly created textbook. The open access textbook will include an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license which will allow author(s) and others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially.


PSU Library, through generous donor support, sometimes offers funding for open access textbook publication. A budget for the project is agreed upon by the Library and recipient at the outset, and includes other payroll expenses (OPE) on any funds used for payroll-related expenditures.

When funding is provided, it can be used for:

  • Summer support for 9-month faculty/staff
  • Research support: peer-reviewers, accuracy checkers, copy-editors
  • Graduate Assistant support

Journal & Conference Hosting

Request hosting:
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Hosting Services

  • Flexible workflows for submission management; optional peer review
  • Post the event schedule — presentation abstracts, room locations, and breaks
  • Long-term archival storage for back issues and proceedings
  • Amazon S3 cloud storage for permanent preservation
  • Global audience, higher Google ranking, detailed readership analytics
  • Custom graphic design services for new journals and events
  • Training and support for journal editors and conference organizers
  • Unlimited file types: streaming media, images, data, and more
  • International Standard Serial Numbers provided for journals
  • Persistent URLs for every item; Digital Object Identifiers for most items
  • Join over 500 other colleges and universities in the shared repository:
    Browse the Digital Commons Network

General Requirements

  • Editorial boards and event planners are responsible for:
    • Submission management
    • Long-term publication strategies
    • Issue/cover design and layout
    • Promotion and marketing
  • For journals, one faculty member must be in a leadership role initially.
  • Student-run journals require continuous faculty mentorship.
  • Only PSU-held events, including student conferences, are eligible.

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Data Sets

PDXScholar hosts data sets.


  • No fees
  • No file size limit
  • No type/format limits
  • Amazon S3 backup
  • DOI – permanent, unique identifier

Email Digital Initiatives Staff to Submit Data:

  • Title
    Manuscript and dataset titles should be similar.
  • Names
    Lead Investigators, co-authors, and affiliations
  • Abstract
    A short summary that provides information on context, goals, methods, and outcomes. Attach a separate document to provide more details, such as how to replicate results (e.g. a ‘readme’ file, XML file, or codebook).
  • Sponsorship
    Institution, organization or person that provided financial or inkind support for the development or collection of the dataset.
  • Related materials
    List any related manuscripts, datasets, conference proceedings, etc. and provide identifiers (e.g. DOI, URI) when possible.
  • Format of data
    Use the file extension or MIME type where possible, e.g., PDF, XML, MPG or application/pdf, text/xml, video/mpeg.

More Information:
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