Digital Repository Services

The University Libraries' provides digital repository services for George Mason researchers to share their research openly for the long-term. Using the Libraries' repositories makes Mason research accessible and easily findable and includes works of George Mason scholarship such as articles, books, theses and dissertations, and data. 

University Libraries provides a few ways to share open access research.

MARS Dataverse Open Science Framework (OSF) Qualitative Data Repository

Research publications, presentations, and related. Electronic theses and Dissertations

Final research datasets typically tabular, geospatial data, or code.

Organize research, publish & share final data. Associate publicly shared research with Mason.

Our membership provides researchers with free access to QDR's curation and storage services.

Submit your work to MARS Submit your work to Dataverse OSF for Institutions Sign In E-mail for details.


About the University Libraries Digital Repository Services

The Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS) and the George Mason University Institutional Dataverse are stable, web-accessible and widely indexed, permanent digital archives for digital scholarly and research materials of enduring value produced by Mason faculty, staff, and students. Each offer persistent URLs (DOI's), searchable metadata, full-text indexing, and long-term preservation. Both are free, secure places to archive and share research output.

Contact Mason Publishing with questions about publishing your research, author rights, licensing, and related issues.

The University Libraries is dedicated to encouraging and supporting open access research and publication, and empowering members of the Mason community to control the distribution of their work.

Benefits of releasing your scholarship in our institutional repositories include:

Increased discoverability of your scholarship.
Your work will be indexed by services such as Google Scholar (for MARS) or DataCite (for MARS and Dataverse). When your work is free and easy to find, it is more likely to be read and cited by other researchers.

Increased public engagement with your research.
By sharing your work on open access platforms, you enable teachers, researchers, and innovators around the world to read and engage with your findings.

Increased stability of your digital content.
Not only do we ensure that your work is not lost in a hard drive crash, we also help you release your work in stable formats to improve long-term use. In addition, we assign your work a persistent URI, so you can link to your scholarship with confidence.

Dissemination Options

Openly accessible. Anyone may download your data. Metadata and full-text are indexed by search engines to encourage discovery.

Embargoed. If you choose to embargo your data (to delay its release for up to two years after deposit), users and search engines can access metadata but not associated data files while the embargo is in effect. After the embargo lifts, the record becomes openly accessible and users can download your data.

Restricted. If your data cannot be openly shared due to sensitive or rights-restricted information, we will help you find an appropriate repository or storage solution. Depending on the nature of the restrictions, this data can be archived in as a metadata-only record (title, author, abstract) with an email contact to request access to the dataset. The repositories can store the data and release files to certain users upon your request.