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SOAR (Scholarly Open Access Repository) at USI

This guide discusses SOAR (Scholarly Open Access Repository).

Who Benefits from Open Access?


  • Increases readers' ability to find use relevant to literature
  • Increases the visibility, readership and impact of author's work
  • Creates new avenues for discovery in digital environment
  • Enhances interdisciplinary research
  • Accelerates the pace of research, discovery and innovation

Educational Institutions

  • Contributes to core mission of advancing knowledge.
  • Democratizes access across all institutions - regardless of size or budget
  • Provides previously unattainable access to community colleges, two-year colleges, K-12 and other schools
  • Provides access to crucial STEM materials.
  • Increases competitiveness of academic institutions
  • Ensures access to all that students need to know, rather wheat they (or their school) can afford
  • Contributes to a better-educated workforce


  • Provides access to previously unavailable materials relating to health, energy, environment, and other areas of broad interest
  • Creates better educated populace
  • Encourages support of scientific enterprise and engagement in citizen science

Research Funders

  • Leverage return on investment
  • Creates tools to manage research portfolios
  • Avoids funding duplicate research
  • Creates transparency
  • Encourages greater interaction with results of funded research


  • Access to cutting-edge research encourages innovation
  • Stimulates new ideas, new services, new products
  • Creates new opportunities for job creation