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Self-Archiving in Digital Commons: Why Archive

The purpose of DigitalCommons@UMaine is to provide long-term access to the scholarly and creative output of University of Maine faculty and staff. Consult this suite of tutorial pages to learn how to archive your work.

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Archiving in DigitalCommons@UMaine

Self-archiving in UMaine's Institutional Repository helps you manage your professional reputation, increases your scholarly impact, and creates a long-term legacy for your academic contributions.

Self-archive only full-text work that can be made openly available.  Many publishers now allow university scholars to post full-text copies of the author's accepted manuscripts (if not the publisher's version) in an open access institutional repository. For some published works, permission to post full content must be sought.

What kind of work can you upload?

  • Electronic versions of full text scholarly works
  • Published, peer-reviewed literature
  • Supplemental materials
  • Author's accepted manuscripts
  • Working papers
  • Book chapters
  • Conference papers and posters
  • Creative works (art, music, photography, mixed media)
  • Patents
  • Classroom resources (lecture materials and syllabi)
  • Unpublished scholarly and creative works
  • Unpublished studies, interviews, and technical reports
  • Digital-born files
  • Scanned electronic files

Questions? Visit the Digital Commons Collection Policy.
Learn more about the importance of Open Access in today's academic community.
For examples of faculty contributions to Digital Commons, visit the Resources tab.

Why Selected Works?

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Manage your online reputation. Personalize your SelectedWorks page with a CV, profile picture, and institutional affiliation.

  • Disseminate papers, publications, and presentations via RSS feed
  • Attract new readers using social media tools and search engine optimization
  • Build a network of interdisciplinary colleagues and collaborators
  • Receive monthly readership reports
  • Automatically synch works in DigitalCommons@UMaine

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Collection Policy

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DigitalCommons@UMaine showcases the intellectual and creative output of the University of Maine. The Digital Commons Collection Policy provides guidance about the scope and criteria for submissions.


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