About STARS

The purpose of STARS is to disseminate, publicize, and share works by, for, and about UCF. The intention is to provide access to this work as broadly as possible, and for as long as possible.

Join Us!

The repository is open to all faculty, staff, students and affiliates of UCF. Any UCF college, unit, department, lab, center, or institute is eligible to join. Student submissions may be subject to approval by the STARS coordinator in conjunction with a sponsoring faculty member.

While content does not have to be authored by UCF faculty, students, or staff to be included in STARS, there does need to be an UCF affiliation. For example, a unit may use STARS to post papers from a conference they sponsored, which may include some UCF authors and many from other institutions. All that is required is that the sponsoring UCF unit decides that it is appropriate for their part of STARS.

Members of the UCF community interested in submitting work should work with their Subject Librarian or directly with the STARS coordinator. If you have an idea for a new project or collection, let us know about it!

Examples of content you may put in STARS

  • Working papers, conference papers, and technical reports
  • Faculty-student collaborative projects
  • Journals published by the UCF community
  • Published articles when copyright and/or license allow
  • Faculty course-related output primarily of scholarly interest
  • Organizational annual reports, newsletters, founding documents etc.
  • Data sets
  • Books or book chapters when copyright and/or license allow
  • Image collections or audiovisual materials, either primary or supplementary
  • Conferences and events
  • Projects that include digitized content and/or links to online content
  • Any materials created by, for, or about UCF
  • Have something not listed? Just ask!

Examples of content you shouldn't put in STARS

  • FERPA-protected information, including student email addresses.
  • HIPPA-regulated information (protected health information, including any information related to the past, present or future physical or mental health of an individual, except only if the individual has authorized release of his or her information in writing, and such release is in the hands of the publisher.
  • Content barred by law or regulation from publication.
  • Intellectual property for which the submitter does not have permission to submit and distribute.
  • Non-public personally identifiable financial or contact information of any kind including, but not limited to, social security numbers, credit/debit card numbers, account numbers, account balances, and private residential addresses, except only where such records preexist as legitimate publicly accessible records outside the university.
  • Photographic depictions of individuals in areas where reasonable expectation of privacy exists, except if all individuals depicted have given written consent to publication of their image.
  • Records protected by state privacy laws. Please note that privacy laws vary by state and protect their residents even when they are out of state.

Basic principles that govern all work submitted to STARS

  • The work must be original, produced and submitted (or sponsored by) a faculty, staff, student, organization, institute, or department of UCF.
  • The work must be creative, scholarly in nature, research-oriented, or of institutional significance.
  • The author must own the copyright to all components and content within the work, or have received and be able to show permission to make the material available within STARS.
  • Authors retain the copyright of all works submitted and are free to reuse content as long as it complies with any other publication agreement.
  • All users must respect the intellectual property rights of the author and cannot copy, distribute, display, alter, or use for commercial purposes, any of the works unless otherwise specified.
  • By submitting for inclusion, the author or representative of the organization or department grants the University the right to distribute and preserve the material via STARS.
  • Contributors should notify all co-authors of intent to deposit work in STARS.
  • The repository follows an open access policy but in some cases material may be restricted by IP, domain, or username and made available only to current college faculty, staff, and students.
  • At this time, there is no formal limit to size of material but Collection Administrators or the STARS Coordinator reserve the right to deny inclusion of artifacts that are too large.

But wait - there's more...

  • For additional information about STARS, check out our FAQ and guide.
  • Feel free to contact us at STARS@ucf.edu with any comments, questions, or suggestions.
  • To learn more about Institutional Repositories, please visit the Digital Commons IR research page.