Here’s how Constellation can benefit you, Elmhurst College, and other researchers and students in your field:
• Increased visibility
Constellation is open access, meaning anyone can access its contents (unless the author chooses to restrict readership). No one needs a subscription or a password, and submissions are included in Google or other search engine results. Therefore, the likelihood that your work will be discovered by others is increased, potentially leading to new opportunities, e.g. collaborative research, higher citation rates, grant funding, job prospects and/or graduate school acceptance.
• Knowledge sharing
Since Constellation is open access, other researchers can readily access your work, potentially leading to citation and to collaboration across and beyond Elmhurst College. The repository can be a key part of the scholarly communication and publication processes.
• Continual and perpetual access to your work
Researchers no longer need to track you down to get a copy of your work. They, and you, can access your work at any time from any place.
• Centralized location of Elmhurst College scholarship
The online repository provides a convenient, single location to which researchers can refer.
In addition to your personal copies of your work, Elmhurst College will keep permanent digital copies in Constellation or its successor technology.