FAQs

What is DOOR?

  • DOOR -- DOuglas Open Repository is a new publishing initiative offered by the Douglas College Library.  It will showcase the scholarly, research and creative works of the Douglas College community.  
  • DOOR aims to highlight the unique subject expertise of faculty and their contributions to the world of knowledge.  DOOR includes peer reviewed articles, chapters in books, books, conference presentations or papers, documentaries, etc.
  • Faculty can have a "Profile page" which includes an Academic Introduction, research interests and recent publications.  

What can I contribute to DOOR?

Examples of scholarship for deposit in the 'Scholarly Publications' collection include :

  • article preprints or final refereed manuscripts (the author's version of the article, not the publisher's published version unless allowed by the publisher)
  • research reports
  • books, book chapters
  • conference presentations or conference papers
  • scholarly video presentations or audio presentations
  • student theses (with faculty approval)
  • Faculty theses and other material pertaining to scholarly research

A IM01.02 Scholarly Repository and Research Collection Policy is also now available on DC Connect

What do I need to do first?

  • A DOOR submission and License agreement is needed by the Library to ingest your scholarly work.  Please use the link below and forward it to Gretchen c/o David Lam Campus library or scan and send by email to goertzg@douglascollege.ca

DOOR License and Submission agreement is now available on DC Connect.  

Can students contribute to DOOR?

  • Student research and theses may be added to DOOR.  However, students must be approved and recommended by a faculty member (thesis advisor) of Douglas College before it will be included in DOOR.

Is DOOR open access?

  • Yes, DOOR is a web-accessible open access Institutional Repository.  DOOR provides a long term online software platform to preserve, promote and share the intellectual output of Douglas College community in an institutional context.  Submissions should have an accompanying digital object that can be made available to the Douglas and global scholarly community permanently without access restrictions.  

How is DOOR organized?

  • DOOR is not hierarchical but rather is organized by "communities" and "collections".  In this way works can be shared in different communities, for example if there is research that crosses different disciplines, the work can be shared in different collections and also on all faculty pages of those involved.  

Why contribute to DOOR?

  • DOOR presents the scholarship and creative works of Douglas College in one location and enables access to colleagues (both at Douglas and beyond),   Works placed in the repository are more easily discovered in common Internet search engines, as well as other academic search portals.  This greater access makes it easier for researchers around the world to discover your work. In addition, because a permanent URL is established, researchers can point to these works without the concern that the online content will disappear or move. 

I’ve already published it, so why should I put it in DOOR?

  • Web search engines (Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo) crawl digital repositories regularly, making it quick and easy for anyone to find scholarly works in DOOR, thereby increasing the likelihood that your work will be found and read.
  • Another benefit of depositing your scholarly works into DOOR is it presents your work as part of the Douglas College community of expertise.  DOOR provides open access to your materials making it cheaper and easier for you and your peers to exchange scholarly information. This does not mean, however, that you lose moral authority over your work. Users are obligated to acknowledge and properly cite your work.
  • DOOR allows a more comprehensive collection of scholarly works than may be possible in the traditional publishing world. You can deposit copies of published articles and book chapters but also unpublished work such as conference and working papers, reports, theses, dissertations, multimedia materials and newsletters. 

Can I submit a powerpoint presentation? What kinds of digital records can be ingested in DOOR?

  • Yes, you can submit a powerpoint presentation. DOOR has the capability to have many types of digital files. 
  • Current types of files types supported are : 
  • Text (ppt, pptx, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf)
  • Image files (.gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .jpg2, .png, psd, .tiff, .tif
  • Audio and Video (.mp3, .wav., .mp4, .mov, .wmv)

Why do I need to sign the DOOR non-exclusive licence and submission agreement?

  • The library needs your permission to submit your research and scholarly work into DOOR.  This applies to all ingested materials from faculty, students and staff.  In future, if we migrate to a new software you will also be granting us permission to move your works to this new repository.
  • The DOOR non-exclusive licence / submission agreement affirms that you are indeed the author of the work and you have the right to grant the library permission to preserve and make available via the Douglas College Open repository (DOOR).  It allows the library to deposit your conference paper, conference ppt, conference poster, journal article, etc. on your behalf.  It allows metadata to be added to describe your work, including using your abstract/summary for the description or your work.   
  • You are not relinquishing Copyright to your work but are allowing the library to make it available in the open repository for use that is non-commercial and educational.  Eventually, it will be found in search engines. 
  • Please check the boxes beside each paragraph, print your name, sign and date.  If you have co-authors please have them sign the agreement as well.
  • If convenient, after you have signed the document you can scan the document and email back or if you prefer you can drop off the signed paper version (at either campus library), in a sealed envelope c/o Gretchen Goertz, Scholarly Communications Librarian.
  • Link to DOOR non-exclusive licence agreement