Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Is there a fee to be a Partner Institution of the IRIS Digital Commons (The IRIS DC)?
  2. What’s in it to be a Partner Institution of The IRIS DC?
  3. What can partner institutions contribute?
  4. How does the process work?
  5. What is the role of the Content Officer?
  6. Who owns the collections?
  7. Will there be a Memorandum of Agreement between The IRIS DC and Partner Institution?
1. Is there a fee to be a Partner Institution of the IRIS Digital Commons (The IRIS DC)?

No. Partner Institutions are invited by The IRIS. There are no fees attached to uploading their curated collections as called for by The IRIS.

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2. What’s in it to be a Partner Institution of The IRIS DC?

a) The IRIS DC can help manage and promote the Partner Institution’s work as well as those of its faculty, researchers, and students, technology business incubators, start-ups, or technology parks.

b) The IRIS DC can publish electronically in full text, open access versions. It can build and manage your digital collections, and archive electronic records and documents. It can help customize and brand journals of Partner Institutions as well as facilitate the process to Scopus-indexing.

c) It can provide accurate, visually compelling dashboard analytics to prove global readership, collaboration engagements, and influence of the works of Partner Institutions.

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3. What can partner institutions contribute?

In principle, Partner Institutions can contribute all of their published articles, or as many as they can muster, including unpublished works or documents they may wish to share with other scholars, researchers, and potential collaborators.

These contributions, however, will have to be according to the categories set by the IRIS Scientific Board.

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4. How does the process work?

There will be bi-monthly call for collections from Partner Institutions. Partner Institutions should designate their own Content Officers who will coordinate or work with the IRIS Scientific Content Officer. Contributions are reviewed and curated by the IRIS DC Scientific Content Officer, with the advice of the IRIS Bureau of Experts. The IRIS DC Scientific Content Officer recommends to the IRIS Scientific Board the collections to be included in the IRIS DC and in what categories.

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5. What is the role of the Content Officer?

Content Officers of Partner Institutions will have to initially sift through their respective institution’s contributions and heavily guard for a) analytical/theoretical depth, b) methodological rigour, c) intellectual honesty, d) research ethics and integrity, d) overall scholarly/research quality (including grammar, spelling, etc.), e) contributions to the field, and other metrics that may be recommended by the IRIS Scientific Advisors. Content Officers are fully employed by the Partner Institutions.

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6. Who owns the collections?

The Author or Partner Institution controls the copyright of every submitted work. The IRIS DC simply provides the stage to showcase the work. The Institutional Partners will have to ensure that their contributions are not in violation of any copyright/intellectual property agreements or infringements. The IRIS DC will not be answerable to any copyright/IP questions that may be raised on certain contributions.

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7. Will there be a Memorandum of Agreement between The IRIS DC and Partner Institution?

Yes. A MOA will be signed by both parties. The MOA specifies the implementing provisions of the partnership.

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