About ScholarlyCommons

ScholarlyCommons is a repository for the scholarly output of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. It promotes dissemination of their work, and preserves it in a freely-accessible, long-term archive. An effort to alleviate recent pressures to restrict access to new knowledge, ScholarlyCommons allows researchers and other interested readers anywhere in the world to learn about and keep up to date with Penn scholarship. Administered by the Penn Libraries, ScholarlyCommons contains materials chosen by participating units -- departments, schools, centers, institutes, and so forth -- at Penn. Users have access to materials in ScholarlyCommons free of charge.

ScholarlyCommons also provides links to the electronic full text of dissertations by Penn graduate students, although these dissertations are not part of the repository itself. All users have free access to the first 24 pages of these dissertations, but only members of the Penn community have free access to their entire contents. Others can purchase complete dissertations from ProQuest. In general, users of ScholarlyCommons can expect that links to dissertations written since 1997 will be found here (with a few exceptions). Dissertations from 1996 and earlier may be identified using Franklin, Penn Libraries's online catalog.

Researchers with content in ScholarlyCommons may choose to have a "Selected Works" page built for themselves. In addition to links to their articles, the author's "Selected Works" page may also include other information about the author, such as research interests, affiliations, etc. If you are an author with material in ScholarlyCommons and would like such a page set up for yourself, please email .

More information about ScholarlyCommons:

  • Project Mission and Background
  • Penn’s Repository Policies
  • How to join ScholarlyCommons
    If you represent a University of Pennsylvania research unit, center, department, or school and wish to feature your faculty or student scholarship here, please contact us at .
  • Questions, Comments, and Suggestions
    If you encounter problems while using the repository, please consult the Help guide. For problems, questions, comments or suggestions, please contact .