Uploading your paper to MURAL ensures that it is stored and preserved for the long-term.
By submitting your paper, you are also ensuring that the institution has a copy of your work. Libraries can't subscribe to everything, and if journal-subscriptions are canceled in the future, we may also lose access to back-copies.
If your paper is in MURAL, you are ensuring that it stays accessible and usable for years to come.
Depositing your work in an Institutional Repository like MURAL makes your research available in an Open Access format, which can be found through Google and Google Scholar.
This increases the visibility and impact of your work. Research has shown that Open Access publications receive more citations than those published only in traditional journals. A report on these benefits can be found here:
This citation advantage is even more prominent in papers which are published through 'Green' Open Access (i.e.published in a repository like MURAL). One study found that:
The full study, Research Impact of Paywalled versus Open Access Papers, is available at https://www.1science.com/1numbr/
There are many other benefits to Open Access publishing, which you can read more about in our guide to Open Access.
Tens of thousands of publications are downloaded from MURAL every month -- depositing your article means that your work will be more visible.