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New SOAR Repository Improves Discovery and Access to Rutgers Research

January 14, 2021
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The new SOAR platform improves the capture and discovery of Rutgers research outputs.

Today, Rutgers University Libraries are launching a new SOAR research repository to improve worldwide discovery and access to Rutgers scholarship.

SOAR: Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers is our institutional repository, dedicated to collecting and providing access to Rutgers research. Developed in 2015, SOAR supports the Rutgers Open Access Policy and serves as a platform to showcase and provide public access to Rutgers scholarship. Works deposited by Rutgers scholars are made available through the SOAR website and indexed by Google Scholar and other search engines where they can be discovered and read by researchers worldwide.

The new SOAR platform improves the capture and discovery of Rutgers research outputs. Key benefits include:

  • Simple, streamlined deposit of research outputs via an easy-to-use wizard
  • Support for over 50 resource types including journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, datasets, audiovisual media, patents, and creative works
  • Automated capture of metadata from major scholarly publishers and indexes
  • Automatic DOI registration for persistent identification and access
  • Powerful analytics for tracking and measuring research impact
  • A robust global infrastructure to ensure reliable and continuous availability

Additional enhancements are planned over the course of the next year that will augment SOAR’s ability to capture publication data and provide a more complete picture of research activity at the university.

Rutgers faculty are invited to archive their work in SOAR to ensure long-term preservation and public access. Depositing your work in SOAR:

  • Makes it openly accessible to researchers and scholars around the world
  • Allows it to be discoverable by search engines such as Google and Google Scholar
  • Preserves it on a secure server with a persistent URL to ensure permanent access
  • Helps fulfill funder and institutional mandates regarding open access

Rest assured that any works previously deposited in SOAR have been migrated to the new platform and remain accessible via their permanent DOI.

For more information about open access or archiving your scholarship in SOAR, visit soar.libraries.rutgers.edu.