ScholarlyCommons Services

The ScholarlyCommons team is pleased to offer a robust suite of services to support you and your scholarship, whether you're a faculty member looking to submit materials to the repository, a research center interested in creating a collection for your policy briefs, or a graduate student interested in creating an open access journal. All of the services listed below are free to the Penn community.

Faculty Assisted Submission

If you are Penn-affiliated faculty, we will check and add your works to ScholarlyCommons for you! Just send us your CV or list of publications and our team will go through your publications, determine copyright/permissions for every work, contact publishers for permission on your behalf, and post permitted materials to your departmental collection in ScholarlyCommons.

Please note that we will review permissions for all of the works in your CV, unless otherwise instructed. Given publisher policies, we may not be able to post all of your works to ScholarlyCommons, or we may only be able to post a specific version of a work (see FAQs for more information). To ensure your ability to post the maximum number of works to ScholarlyCommons, we encourage you to keep your postprints when you publish!

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Journal Publishing

ScholarlyCommons is also a publishing platform that supports open access journals. Journals can have their own customized design, and can include a variety of additional features such as access control and editorial management. ScholarlyCommons allows for workflows to be easily customized and editors to control their journal settings and policies. We can also host your back issues or archives.

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Digital Projects

The ScholarlyCommons team assists departments, centers, classes, individual faculty members, staff, and other Penn-related groups in setting up spaces for project materials related to course work, research, teaching, and departmental activities. The types of materials we host include 3D models, posters, images, presentations, videos, conference proceedings, books, working papers, and other publications. Even if your project may not be a good fit for ScholarlyCommons, we may be able to still point you in the right direction and to other resources on and off campus. We can also provide guidance on digital scholarship, scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, copyright, data management, and more.

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Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones

ScholarlyCommons is the perfect venue for archiving and showcasing your department or program's undergraduate or graduates theses, dissertations, and capstones. The ScholarlyCommons team will work with your staff to determine the best workflows to ensure the long-term sustainability of your collection, including training, uploading, author agreements, and ongoing support. To view existing theses, dissertation, and capstone collections in ScholarlyCommons, visit our Theses/Dissertations page.

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Conferences and Events

With ScholarlyCommons, you can capture the valuable output from your past conferences, symposiums, or other events. Papers, presentations, and other works can be collected into proceedings series that are fully indexed and discoverable in search engines, disseminated to readers via email and RSS, and integrated with the hosting department’s site on the repository. Like journals on ScholarlyCommons, conference and event collections can be branded with a unique design.

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Data Management

The ScholarlyCommons team is part of the Digital Scholarship group, a unit within the Penn Libraries’ Teaching, Research, and Learning division that is dedicated to expanding the capacity of researchers to create and share new kinds of scholarship. While ScholarlyCommons is not a data repository, we do accept data. Furthermore, we can connect you with someone on the Digital Scholarship group who can consult on establishing a robust, forward-looking data management plan for your project.

Learn more about our data management services