ThinkIR is an open access digital archive of scholarly work created by the University of Louisville community. ThinkIR preserves and disseminates works of enduring merit for future generations of scholars making them available to a worldwide audience of scholars and researchers.

ThinkIR is organized by colleges/schools and departments of the University of Louisville.

Collection Policy

ThinkIR welcomes scholarly work created by faculty, staff, and students of the University of Louisville (UofL).

Student Scholarship

Graduate theses, dissertations, and capstones and undergraduate honors theses are deposited by students in accordance with their respective program requirements. Please see Guidelines for the Preparation and Processing of Theses and Dissertations (School of Interdisciplinary & Graduate Studies) and Procedures and Standards for Master of Engineering Theses (J. B. Speed School of Engineering) for additional information. If your University of Louisville thesis or dissertation does not currently appear within ThinkIR but you would like to give us permission to include it, please contact us.

Faculty and Staff Scholarship

ThinkIR also showcases worldwide the research and creative work of faculty and staff. Examples of these types of scholarly effort include:

  • journal articles
  • conference posters/presentations/proceedings
  • technical reports/working papers

For the types of materials noted above, faculty may deposit works as defined by their unit’s Personnel Document. Staff may deposit these types of material if created in the course of their work assignment.

If something you’re interested in sharing through ThinkIR is not listed above, please contact so we can discuss the potential for your work to be preserved and shared through ThinkIR. We hope to preserve faculty research data in the future.

Open Access Journals

ThinkIR can serve as a platform for electronic journals sponsored by UofL entities in connection to their university roles. The journals must be peer-reviewed or in accordance with the customary scholarly practice in the field they cover, and be open access. See ThinkIR Journal Proposal/Intake Form for factors to consider before establishing a journal with ThinkIR.

Journal editors would receive free access to the software as well as training and support provided by the ThinkIR Coordinator, but be responsible for identifying and communicating with editors, peer reviewers, and authors; configuring the software; and posting all content. The Libraries would register the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) with the Library of Congress, submit the titles to the Global LOCKSS Network (GLN) for long-term preservation, and, if desired by the department, register Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for each article. See our Memorandum of Understanding for additional details.

Faculty, staff and student authors contributing scholarship to ThinkIR retain copyright in their submitted works, permitting them to freely reuse the content elsewhere as detailed more specifically in the required Nonexclusive License Agreement. The license agreement grants the University of Louisville the non-exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the submission electronically to support sharing the scholarship worldwide. Contributing authors must confirm that their submissions reflect their original work and that they hold sufficient rights and permissions to grant the nonexclusive license. Typically, that outcome requires that faculty members either hold direct copyright in the scholarship through their authorship or retain sufficient rights under a publication agreement to grant those nonexclusive rights to UofL. Contributing authors also hold sole responsibility for complying with copyright and all other legal requirements governing the creation and sharing of their scholarship, including any collaborations with co-authors.

If you have any questions about whether you have permission to share your work with ThinkIR, the ThinkIR Coordinator can provide guidance.

Withdrawal Policy

In general, once submissions have been approved and posted in ThinkIR, they cannot be removed as they constitute a permanent record of the scholarly output of the University of Louisville community.

However, the University Libraries acknowledge that there may be instances when it may be necessary to remove items from the repository. We reserve the right to withdraw items, and will strive to provide post-notification of that withdrawal if possible or permissible.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact ThinkIR Coordinator Sarah Frankel at or by telephone at 502-852-8788.