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SPARK Digital Commons Repository

SPARK is the Institutional Repository (IR) for Bethel University's digital resources and digital commons for advancing the strategic objective of supporting open access to Bethel's scholarship.

SPARK Digital Commons Repository

SPARK (Scholarship, Publishing, Arts, Research, and Knowledge) is Bethel's open access digital commons repository.

This guide will explain what content SPARK hosts, its benefits, and its features. It will also explains how to submit content for publication.

SPARK is purpose-built to showcase academic work

  • It facilitates faculty's scholarly publishing by hosting academic journals, articles, awards, books, conference proceedings, and event posters.
  • It also hosts student scholarship including articles, awards, theses and dissertations, honors papers, presentations, & poetry.
  • Authors receive monthly statistical reports of downloads, abstract views, citation counts, and full text views. 
  • It mirrors the structure of Bethel’s unique academic departments and programs.
  • It advances knowledge by allowing open access for readers.

Bethel faculty, students, administrators, collegiate organizations, and committees are encouraged to participate in publishing their works. 

Benefits of Open Scholarship using SPARK

  • SPARK extends Bethel's reach and reputation, advances access to research and knowledge, and allows for sharing and reuse.
  • SPARK amplifies Bethel’s exposure on the Digital Commons Network.
  • SPARK allows authors to shine, showcasing their achievements.
  • SPARK enriches Bethel's collegiate community by attracting quality faculty, students, and staff which provide a value-added impact to our university.
  • SPARK uses search engine optimization and discoverability best practices so its publications have an improved ranking within Google search results.

SPARK is maintained and administered by Bethel University Library who provides support for this publishing service.

For questions email:

Our policy is to ask the author to check for self-archiving rights with the journal their article is published in. Check the journal's website for publishing policies or search for a specific journal and its publishing policies in Sherpa/Romeo

Digital Commons is powered by bepress | Elsevier

SPARK Readership Dashboard