About ERAU's Institutional Repository

An institutional repository (IR) is a set of digital collections that capture and preserve the intellectual output of a university or other organization. IRs provide a centralized, durable digital location for the results of the research, teaching and learning, and service activities of the university. They also serve as a tangible indicator of an institution’s quality by showcasing the research and other creative works of the faculty, students, and staff. As such, they increase a university’s prestige, visibility and public value. For further information, please see The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper.

Scholarly Commons is an open-access digital repository of the intellectual output of the faculty, students and staff of ERAU. It can accommodate most publications, presentations or productions in electronic format. Sponsored by Ignite, the ERAU Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the University Information Technology Department, and the Hunt and Hazy Libraries, Scholarly Commons is used to collect, preserve, and showcase research, scholarly, educational, and creative works produced by the ERAU community as well as university archives and library special collections in a single location. It facilitates global discovery of and access to ERAU’s research, intellectual, and creative output while providing a unified, stable, long-term home for this digital scholarship.

In addition to providing access to individual contributions, Scholarly Commons publishes and hosts journals, conferences, and other events. Current publications include Beyond: Undergraduate Research Journal, International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, and The Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research. ERAU Scholarly Commons provides technology to handle the entire publication process online – from the submission process through peer review and on to open-access online publication. The Space Congress Proceedings have been digitized for inclusion and date back to 1964. Conferences such as the Aviation/Aeronautics/Aerospace International Research Conference have also found a home in Scholarly Commons.

Mission Statement: Scholarly Commons' mission is to provide a suite of services in support of faculty, staff, and student research. We strive to disseminate scholarly and creative knowledge from our institution by providing an open access environment and fostering a sense of community and collaboration with researchers across the globe.

Scholarly Commons is maintained by the Hunt and Hazy Libraries.

Selected Works Gallery is a companion to Scholarly Commons that enables faculty and staff to easily create profile pages to highlight their work at ERAU and other institutions. This personal Selected Works site provides space to share areas of specialty, a curriculum vitae, and display a photograph. Selected Works pages do not interact with the ERAU faculty directory and are not a substitute for posting work in Scholarly Commons.

Objectionable Content Disclaimer: Scholarly Commons contains historical documents that aid in the understanding of the development of the aerospace industry and the history of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). Some images and language that appear in Scholarly Commons reflect historical prejudices, attitudes and norms that may be offensive to a modern audience. Such content is not condoned by ERAU nor is it consistent with university values. For more information, please contact commons@erau.edu.

Scholarly Commons is an open-access repository governed by the Creative Commons License, CC BY-NC-ND, unless otherwise stated in the Required Publisher’s Statement. Users are free to download, copy, print or link to the full-text article without prior permission from the author or publisher. Appropriate credit to the author of the original work must be provided. Material may not be used for commercial purposes.

For more information, please consult the Policies or Submission Guidelines found in the Author Corner of each series or contact us at commons@erau.edu.