(Taken from the RU Open Access Policy document)
Digital repositories function as "storehouses" of publications organized around an institution or discipline.
For example, Rhodes Digital Commons hosts scholarly and creative works, research, publications, and reports contributed by faculty, students, staff, and administrative units of Rhodes University while arXiv.org hosts papers (mainly) in the physical sciences. Content in repositories often includes peer-reviewed content (publisher's version or post-prints) as well as pre-prints, the version of an article before it under went peer review.
Please Note: Rhodes University requires its researchers to deposit in the Rhodes Digital Commons, a digital copy of the full text, as well as the related metadata of all publications (author final manuscript of publisher version) upon acceptance for publication. See the Rhodes Open Access Policy for more information.
Why Contribute to a Repository?