Huskie Commons is Northern Illinois University's digital repository, a secure virtual space in which we collect, preserve, and provide access to the scholarly and artistic works created by the NIU community. From peer-reviewed articles authored by faculty to honors capstone projects created by students to electronic theses and dissertations, Huskie Commons showcases the intellectual output of NIU's faculty, staff, students, and organizations.
To learn more about depositing your scholarly and artistic materials into Huskie Commons, please see the Huskie Commons Instructional Guide.
Please contact Jaime Schumacher with questions about setting up communities and collections within Huskie Commons.
Huskie Commons is a permanent, NIU-sponsored repository in which you can safely archive and make available the scholarly and artistic materials created by you during your tenure at the University.
When you deposit your materials into Huskie Commons, you receive an enduring link to your materials and the Library assumes the responsibility of preserving them into the future. To determine which materials can be archived into Huskie Commons, please review the collection's policy.
Did you know that NIU faculty are required to deposit all peer-reviewed journal articles published after December 3, 2014?
In December of 2014, an Open Access Policy was added to NIU's Academic Policies and Procedures Manual. When NIU's Faculty Senate passed this policy, the Faculty granted NIU a simple, non-exclusive license to the scholarly articles produced in the course of their research while employed at NIU. You, as the author, retain your copyright…unless you choose to sign it over to the publisher. This policy allows you to deposit into Huskie Commons the post-print* version of your manuscripts. A link to the publisher’s final version of record can be included with the manuscript.
* Post-print - your article's final draft with any changes made as a result of the peer-review process, but prior to the publisher’s copy-editing or formatting.
Did you know that you also can deposit many of your articles published prior to December 2014?
Many publishers allow authors to archive their articles into institutional repositories like Huskie Commons. In fact, research has shown that articles made available in this way experience higher citation rates! To discover if your pre-December 2014 articles can be deposited into Huskie Commons, read this informative guide or contact Jaime Schumacher.