The Institutional Repository at the University of Florida (IR@UF), a service provided by the George A. Smathers Libraries, brings together the scholarly, research, and creative works of our academic community. In addition to offering a central collection location for materials, the IR@UF provides long-term preservation, enables worldwide dissemination, and encourages the development of new projects and partnerships. All scholarly works – including articles (pre-prints, post-prints, or published articles as permitted by the publishing agreement), books, book chapters, conference presentations, data sets, digital research files, and more – are welcome in the IR@UF. The IR@UF also provides access to historical materials from the University Archives, inviting explorations of the history, nature, and culture of the University of Florida. 

We invite you to browse our collections and contribute your scholarship. From supporting new projects in digital scholarship to preserving past publications, the IR@UF is proud to be your partner throughout the research lifecycle. Please contact us with questions, comments, or opportunities for collaboration.


The IR@UF is intended to serve the educational, teaching, and research missions of UF faculty, students, and staff, as well as the University’s collaborators and constituents. As an initiative, service, and platform, the IR@UF emphasizes personal and functional work. Furthermore, we support the Smathers Libraries Mission:

The Smathers Libraries collaborate with UF faculty, students, and staff, as well as the University’s collaborators and constituents, to facilitate knowledge creation that contributes to UF’s standing as a preeminent public research university. The Libraries encourage creativity and inquiry necessary to support the University’s global ambitions and play an important role in attracting and retaining top students, faculty, and staff.


The IR@UF will be a central partner in the preservation of past research as well as the creation of new projects in digital scholarship and publishing from the University of Florida community. We will prioritize intentional, inclusive, and compassionate work to bolster the impact of UF’s academic and creative outputs.


IR@UF Policies

Who Can Submit
Items may be deposited by faculty and staff of the University of Florida, their delegated agents, and related researchers.


Submission to the IR@UF indicates that the creator grants to the Smathers Libraries on behalf of the University of Florida, non-exclusive internet distribution rights and the right to archive and preserve the files submitted.

  1. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving, and authors retain full copyright in their submissions.
  2. Where authors have incorporated images, figures, or other materials where copyright is held by a third party, authors affirm that they have obtained permission or determined that fair use applies.
  3. Authored texts may be unpublished, or pre-prints, post-prints, or published versions depending on publisher policies. Many publishers allow deposit of peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts after a specified embargo.

When submitting work, authors have the option of assigning a Creative Commons license, which will allow others to use materials in specific ways without directly seeking the author’s permission. All licenses require attribution, and all allow authors to retain copyright. Learn more about the six Creative Commons licenses.  

Items submitted will be retained indefinitely, archived according to current best practice, and digitally archived with the Florida Digital Archive. The IR@UF will try to ensure continued usability and accessibility and will migrate items to new formats as necessary.

The Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida acquire, manage, and preserve digital resources so they remain accessible to patrons over the long term. Certain limitations may be placed on access due to legal, donor and/or other reasons, but, in general, in so far as possible, the Smathers Libraries endeavor to make digital resources accessible to all users.

Administrative Withdrawal of Submitted Materials
Acceptable reasons for administrative removal of materials include: proven copyright violation or plagiarism, legal requirements and proven violations, National Security, or falsified research. Any instances of these will be reviewed according to the University of Florida policies and procedures.

Open Access 

As a service to the research community, the IR@UF is an open access repository. While we encourage open access, submitters to the IR@UF can set specific access options for their materials. For projects involving sensitive research data, we recommend exploring options like REDCap. If your content requires restrictions or you have any questions, please contact us.