The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum is a digital repository providing access to and preservation of scholarly and creative works produced by the faculty, students and staff of the University of the Incarnate Word. Materials that may be added to The Athenaeum include research articles, theses and dissertations, campus journals, artistic works, photographs and other scholarly and creative content. By providing free and open access to these unique materials, The Athenaeum makes the intellectual output of the university visible both to researchers within the university, as well as the worldwide scholarly community.

The Athenaeum is a service of the UIW Libraries, which will be developed in several phases. In the first phase of the development of the repository, UIW Libraries is publishing UIW student theses, doctoral projects and dissertations, where written permission has been given to publish in the repository. As content in The Athenaeum builds, others will be designated as the repository coordinators for departments, offices or organizations. If you have other questions about The Athenaeum, please contact us at

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Access Policy

The Athenaeum is intended as a resource for open access research and creative works, and material submitted will, in general, be made available to the public freely and without barrier. Under certain circumstances such as, but not limited to, publisher embargo and copyright or licensing issues, access to some content may be restricted.

Content Policy

The Athenaeum is an institutional repository. Its content reflects the intellectual environment of the campus and supports the academic mission of UIW.

Content in The Athenaeum is restricted to works that fall within the broad scope of research, scholarship, and creative work conducted at UIW.

Examples include:

  1. Working papers and technical reports
  2. Published scholarly research articles
  3. Completed manuscripts
  4. Art, multimedia, and audio-visual materials
  5. Conference papers and proceedings
  6. Theses and dissertations
  7. Undergraduate honors theses
  8. Journals published on campus
  9. Faculty course-related output primarily of scholarly interest
  10. Data sets

Submission Policy

For the first phase of development, current UIW faculty, staff or students (or their designated agents) may only submit work which they have authored, co-authored or created. In the second phase, UIW departments and other administrative units of the university may also submit qualifying content. UIW alumni and others closely affiliated with the university may request permission from the University Libraries to submit materials. Contributors must submit the full text of their work, although the entire work may not be visible during a publisher embargo period.

Individuals submitting materials to the repository must have a legal right to submit the material. Any intellectual property rights violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors. The sole remedy for proven violations will be removal of the item from The Athenaeum, however the citation and abstract for the item will remain.

Submissions must not contain any confidential information, proprietary information of others, or export controlled information.

The UIW Libraries check submissions for contributor eligibility, relevance to the scope of The Athenaeum, valid layout and format only. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the contributor.

Metadata Policy

  1. Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
  2. The metadata may be re-used in any medium without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes and re-sold commercially provided:
    • The link to the original metadata record is given and
    • The Athenaeum is mentioned.

Data Policy

One-time reproduction or performance of materials for personal research, educational study or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission is granted to users of The Athenaeum provided:

  1. The authors, title and full bibliographic details are given,
  2. A hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page and
  3. The content is not changed in any way.

Full-text items may not be harvested by robots except transiently for full-text indexing or citation analysis.

Full-text items may not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.

Some full items are individually tagged with different rights, permissions and conditions.

The Athenaeum is not a publisher; it is an online archive.

Retention Policy

Items will be retained indefinitely. The Athenaeum will make every attempt to ensure continued readability and accessibility, but it may not be possible to guarantee the readability of some unusual file formats.

We discourage withdrawals from The Athenaeum. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:

  1. Proven copyright violation or plagiarism,
  2. Legal requirements and proven violations,
  3. National security or
  4. Falsified research.

Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely. URLs will continue to point to a “tombstone” page (citation-only record) to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.

Changes to deposited items are not permitted. However, errata and corrigenda lists may be submitted with the original record. If necessary, an updated version of the item may be deposited, though the original item will remain.