What is MARS?
Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS; mars.gmu.edu) provides a stable, managed, and permanent digital archive for research and scholarship created by faculty, staff, and students at George Mason University. MARS is designed to help you make your work publicly and permanently available online to help you reach the widest possible audience.
Why take advantage of MARS?
- Create a permanent record of your work.
- Avoid data loss and server maintenance. Not only do we make sure your research isn’t lost on a hard drive crash, we make sure it’s available in current, usable data formats.
- Increase your impact. Your work will be easy to find in web services like Google Scholar.
- Migrate your print research into the digital world. We can help you digitize your analog materials and make them available online (depending on copyright).
What can you archive in MARS?
Many journal publishers allow you to deposit preprint (before peer-review) or postprint (final draft after peer-review) versions of published articles in a repository like MARS. Some allow you to archive the publisher’s final version.
In addition to formally published scholarship, consider archiving presentations, working papers, blog posts, and podcasts. We can handle text, image, video, and audio formats.
Consider sharing data that supports your publications by depositing it in or another digital repository. Some granting agencies require applicants to include a data management plan to explain if, how, and when research data will be shared. Learn more about Mason’s Data Services.
Confused about copyright? We can help you sort it out.
To get started, contact Joanna Lee, Digital Repository Services Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org).