The end of 2021 saw the launch of University of North Alabama's (UNA) "Repository of Open Access Research" (RoOAR) — a nod to the lion mascot living on campus — powered by Ubiquity Repositories.
After testing various software and repository providers, UNA chose the Ubiquity Repositories platform, which largely outperformed all its competitors. Derek Malone, University Librarian, explains that he particularly appreciated the modern look, the intuitive back-end accessibility, and the technical flexibility with Ubiquity Press's (UP) hosted repository service. With comprehensive out-of-the-box features and no additional fees for add-ons, the Ubiquity solution doesn't just better meet demands, it is also more cost-effective. With ORCID integration, DOI-minting, and auto-population capacities, the new repository can host any file type and is a capable platform for Open Educational Resources (OERs).
While new features are being launched on a regular basis, and the platform is continuously being developed, Ubiquity Repositories has an established track record migrating clients from Elsevier's Digital Commons (bepress) and offers a mature and high performance alternative to the publishing giant.
Highly committed to Open Access, UNA feels culturally aligned with Ubiquity Press, which is fully devoted to open access and open source for all its operations, as demonstrated by its Customer Charter, governed by independent stakeholders, guaranteeing that UP will remain open access and open source in any given situation. With the migration of its repository, UNA has also migrated one of its journals onto Ubiquity Press's hosted publishing platform and is considering adding more in the near future.
About Ubiquity Press
Ubiquity Press is a Technology Solutions Provider for scholarly output and an open access publisher of over 700 peer-reviewed academic journals and 2,000+ books. It operates a highly cost-efficient model that makes quality open access publishing affordable for everyone in all academic fields.
For any questions related to Ubiquity Press' services, please contact Marianne Josserand, Head of Sales and Marketing.
About The University of North Alabama
The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university in Alabama offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
For any questions related to the University of North Alabama' Institutional Repository, please contact the Repository Manager and Champion, Jennifer Pate, Open Education Resources (OER) and Scholarly Communications Librarian.
UNA's Press Release regarding their New Scholarly Repository Platform is available on their institution's website.