OAKTrust provides increased access to the intellectual output of the University's research and scholarship endeavors, fosters the preservation of these digital copies for future generations, promotes increasingly rapid advances in scholarly communication, and helps deepen community understanding of the value of higher education.

Specifically, here are the benefits by contributing to OAKTrust –

  • Wider dissemination: OAKTrust is an open access digital repository which increases the visibility of, and access to your research through metadata harvesters such as Google and Google Scholar, OAIster, and other services. Due to increased dissemination, works made available in OAKTrust lead to greater impact and citation of your research.
  • Long-term preservation and access: OAKTrust provides a permanent web address for your work and commits to responsible and sustainable management of submitted works.
  • Rights retention: You or your assignee retains copyright of works you submit to OAKTrust. Many publishers will allow you to submit previously published works to institutional repositories.
  • Low or No Cost:  OAKTrust is a service provided at little or no cost by Texas A&M University Libraries to the Texas A&M University scholarly community. For grant funded projects using  OAKTrust to store and share research data, the Libraries will assess a modest one-time fee.