Digital Commons @ USF Language Statement

Digital Commons @ University of South Florida shares materials from faculty, student, community, and archival sources as part of a consolidated institutional repository. The collections include historical sources and scholarship from many cultures and time periods, and the content or its descriptions may be graphic or reflect biases. In some cases, they may conflict with strongly held cultural values, beliefs, or restrictions. We provide access to these materials to preserve the historical record, but we do not endorse the attitudes, prejudices, or behaviors found within them.

Digital Commons @ USF Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Digital Commons @ University of South Florida, a service of the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries, embraces USF’s values of cultural and ethnic diversity and global understanding. USF is committed to an academic community of free inquiry not limited by race, ethnicity, veteran status, marital status, socioeconomic level, national origin, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, age, class, political ideology, or gender identity and expression. It recognizes the benefits of uniqueness, similarities, and differences.

Digital Commons @ USF strives to contribute to this mission by promoting inclusivity through supporting open access; actively encouraging greater representation across cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and fostering transparency and openness throughout the publishing cycle.

As a library publishing program, Digital Commons @ USF is dedicated to providing barrier- and cost-free access to scholarly works from the USF community. Digital Commons @ USF offers open access to a wide variety of information, including journals, textbooks, electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), faculty publications, digital collections, and oral histories as well as academically significant grey literature and other materials not published via traditional channels.

To further our goals of diversity and inclusivity, we recommend that any new or existing open-access publication hosted by Digital Commons @ USF consider the following:

  • Write a diversity and inclusion statement for the publication.
  • Encourage participation of people from underrepresented groups as authors, reviewers, and editors.
  • Include content from multidisciplinary scholars that fits publication scope.
  • Create an editorial board that reflects the diversity of a global academic community.
  • Maintain a clear and open process for article review and contribution.