The K-State Research Exchange, launched in 2004, is operated by the K-State Libraries and is an example of what is commonly called an institutional repository. The primary goal of K-REx is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the publications and other scholarly work of K-State faculty and students. To that end, K-REx offers these features and benefits:

Digital Archive

Unlike web pages, K-REx uses software (DSpace) specifically designed to archive digital content. We use other techniques, such as assigning permanent URLs, maintaining multiple backup copies, and checking bit integrity, to ensure files in K-REx are available for use far into the future.

Open Access

Provost April Mason, on behalf of K-State, signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities on October 24, 2011, pledging that K-State will support the principles of Open Access. Consistent with the Berlin Declaration and Open Access, all items in K-REx are freely available on the web to all users.

Publishers and Copyright

When an article is accepted for publication in a journal, many publishers require authors sign an agreement transfering copyright to the publisher. These agreements typically permit authors to deposit in K-REx the final "as accepted" article or manuscript, but not the publisher-formatted version. We work closely with publishers and faculty authors to ensure we comply with these agreements. Graduate students retain all copyrights when they submit their theses, dissertations, and reports.

Increased Access and Citations

The greatest benefit of depositing an article in K-REx is the increased access; other researchers and students will be able to find, read, and build on your work. Several studies show that articles available open access are cited much more in other scholarly publications than those articles available only through paid subscription or per-use fee.

Indexed by Google

The world doesn't know about K-REx, but the world does know about Google, and all items in K-REx are crawled, indexed, searchable, and downloadable through Google, Google Scholar, and other web search engines.

Use Statistics

Data on the number of views and downloads are available for each item in K-REx by clicking the "Item Statistics" button at the bottom of the record. Data reported include the number of views, downloads, and top 10 visits by country and city.

Search Current Literature

K-REx staff search major journal databases such as Web of Science on a weekly basis to identify recent publications by KSU faculty. We contact faculty to request permission to add their publication to K-REx, and work with them to obtain the necessary file(s) and comply with copyright.

Submit Your Work

Our literature searches don't retrieve all scholarly work, so faculty are encouraged to alert us to journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and other work they would like to add to K-REx. Use the form on the K-REx homepage to submit your work, or contact us by e-mail at We will work with you to get the information and files we need and deposit your work.

Visit Your Department

We are glad to come to your weekly departmental seminar to discuss K-REx and issues related to Open Access.

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