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Research, Scholarship & Publishing at KPU


A digital repository is an online collection of research associated with an institution or a discipline. Repositories provide barrier free online access to a range of scholarly publications including journal articles (pre and post prints), conference proceedings, and more. Research placed in a repository is made openly available through open access, helping to ensure that your work is shared, accessed, and used widely.

Bring greater visibility to your work by depositing it in KPU's Institutional Repository KORA or a disciplinary repository.    

Archiving your work in a repository allows you to:

  • Comply with funding mandates that require that your work be made open access (such as the Tri-Council Open Access policy);
  • Preserve a copy of your work in perpetuity knowing that your work will never be lost or deleted;
  • Share a consistent permalink to your work on social media and other sites, providing stable, ongoing access.

Which version can you deposit?

Which version of your article/chapter are you allowed to submit to a repository? 

Before self-archiving your work, you need to check which version of your paper you are permitted to share, and whether there is a required embargo period which delays your ability to make the work openly available. This depends on your agreement with the publisher. You can negotiate your right to self-archive your work by including an author addendum with your submission.

Check your publisher agreement or Sherpa / RoMEO for details on which version of your paper you are permitted to self-archive. The different versions include:

Preprint / Submitted Author Manuscript
Version of the paper submitted to the journal or publisher prior to any peer-review or publisher formatting. Many subject repositories or preprint servers collect these.

Postprint / Accepted Author Manuscript
Final, peer-reviewed version of the article, prior to publisher formatting.

Published Version of Record
Published version of the article which appears on the journal’s website and includes formatting and typesetting completed by the publisher. 

If you need any assistance identifying the version you are allowed to submit, let us know!

KPU's Institutional Repository KORA

KORA is Kwantlen Polytechnic University's institutional repository for collecting, preserving, and providing free online access to scholarly and creative materials created by the Kwantlen community.

KORA collects and preserves a wide range of digital works created by, or on behalf of, the University, its faculty, staff, students, and affiliated partners. This institutional repository includes journal articles, conference presentations, reports, videos, and much more.

By sharing this content freely through the Internet, the university supports open scholarly communication and collaborative research both within our local community, and globally. KORA preserves this content and makes it easy to discover, and thereby provides lasting visibility and recognition for scholarship at KPU.

KPU Library can work with you or on your behalf to deposit your articles in KORA. Be sure to confirm which version of your paper you can deposit to KORA before getting started.

Ready to make your work widely available? Deposit to KORA

Subject Repositories

Subject repositories

Subject repositories, also called pre-print servers, collect and share research outputs related to particular subject areas. Colleagues in your field may search subject repositories for related research. Depositing your work here can increase the reach and impact of your work.

Well-known subject repositories include:

Search the Directory of Open Access Repositories for a complete list of local and international subject and institutional repositories.