About Virtual Commons

Virtual Commons is Bridgewater State University’s open-access institutional repository for the scholarly works, research, publications, creative activity, and reports produced by the faculty, students, and staff of Bridgewater State University and its collaborative partners. Virtual Commons also serves as a platform for publishing open access online journals such as the Journal of International Women’s Studies. Coordinated by the Maxwell Library, the Commons promotes the discovery, dissemination and preservation of this intellectual capital.

Search or browse Virtual Commons by collection, discipline, or author name. Users can also explore Virtual Commons using the interactive Discipline Wheel.


Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with the aim to preserve and provide access to that research. IRs can be an integral part of the scholarly communications process – the creation, transformation, dissemination, retrieval and preservation of academic research and publication. The repository makes the institution’s intellectual capital available in a variety of formats and content types, such as pre-prints and/or final copies of working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master’s theses, speeches, image and archival collections, and conference proceedings.

Faculty and student research and scholarship represent an invaluable intellectual asset, but the true value of that asset is dependent upon its effective dissemination. A repository not only furthers research and scholarship but also furthers the teaching and service missions of the institution, by making the scholarship and research assets readily accessible.

To learn more about Institutional Repositories and Scholarly Communications, visit:

Consult Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Virtual Commons and submitting to the repository.

For other questions about Virtual Commons or for assistance with the submission process, please contact the Virtual Commons administrator, Orson Kingsley.