Bepress Digital Commons Network

395The Digital Commons Database by Bepress is a free resource and an innovative solution for institutions who wish to openly publish, manage, and showcase a wide variety of their work. The Charleston School of Law has their own page that’s updated with works published by their professors that can be accessed through the Charleston Law Website under Library Databases, and then under the “Periodicals” section, see:

http://charlestonlaw.edu/sol-blatt-jr-law-library/databases-and-catalog/on-campus/

This network brings together full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of different universities and colleges worldwide. The individual pages are run by the university/institution’s librarians and their supporting institutions and includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, and other original scholarly work that’s able to be published.

The background of Digital Commons was designed specifically for maximum discovery and also includes the benefits of a cloud-based institutional software that has a professional and clean publishing platform for journals, conference proceedings, or other things you can use in everyday life or in a legal atmosphere.

SEARCH TOPICS:

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

PERKS DIGITAL COMMONS OFFERS:

  • The database offers an “Unlimited model” that is intended to help serve the needs of the entire campus without tapping any IT resources.
  • Unlimited consultation and support
  • Unlimited publications, including journals, books, and special collections
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited custom branding and redesigns
  • Unlimited file size and type

What exactly should we use this Database for from a legal perspective?

Increasing and demonstrating the impact of scholarship is important in the legal field overall and even in law school specifically to help promote awareness of information. Digital Commons works closely with Google and Google Scholar to make sure works are fully indexed and turn up near the top of academic and general search results.

Journal Publishing:

  • Helps faculty and students publish scholarly journals through the institutional based platform that was built around giving us a professional-grade software.
  • Flexible workflows, including double-blind peer review
  • Detailed, exportable readership analytics for authors and editors
  • Support for all content, including data sets and streaming media
  • Access control options for subscription and open access publishing

Additionally, Digital Commons has created analytics tools that let you measure and report on the impact your school’s work is having:

How Digital Common’s filtering process works—

Digital Commons offers detailed, exportable analytics that show how reading trends changes over time, whether for a department, an author, or the entire institution. The tools included on the Database help to track the specific organizations and regions that are engaging with your work (and how they’re finding it), so you can better identify research trends, potential funders, and collaborations.

When you have accurate, beautifully realized visualizations of data showing that your group’s scholarship matters to people around the world, you bolster your case for continuing that vital work. The organization is largely dedicated to ensuring accurate usage data. They’ve developed their own algorithm, which they’re constantly updating to keep up with evolving obstacles to clean data.

Madison Johnston
Class of 2020

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