Rice Digital Scholarship Archive

The Rice Digital Scholarship Archive (RDSA)┬áis Rice’s institutional repository (IR), an open access platform where the university’s intellectual output is shared, managed, searched, and preserved. Most materials come from Rice faculty members’ research, electronic theses and dissertations, and digitized collections of rare or unique books, images, musical performances, and manuscripts.

Who can deposit material?

  • You must be affiliated with Rice University.
  • You must either be the author of the material or have the rights to let Rice distribute it (the Library can help you determine the copyright holder and/or facilitate copyright clearance–contact openaccess@rice.edu for assistance).
  • The content must be scholarly, educational or related to the university’s mission.
  • The content must be permanent. The RDSA is intended to be an archive, not a storehouse for ephemeral content or multiple versions of documents.
  • The content must be in a digital format. Contact openaccess@rice.edu for help digitizing materials for inclusion.

There are a number of advantages to making your research available through an institutional repository, like the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive, including:

  • Articles may be cited more often.
  • Compliance with some funder guidelines.
  • Persistent URL that never changes and always works.
  • Library manages long-term preservation and access.
  • Increase visibility of your work.

Learn more at the RDSA FAQ or contact the library at openaccess@rice.edu.