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Self-Archiving in Digital Commons

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.

Create a SelectedWorks Page

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Before creating a Selected Works page for the Expert Gallery, authors are strongly encouraged to create a personal ORCHID iD number, a unique, persistent identifier, to include in your profile. 

Create an Account

  1. Go to
  2. Click the "Sign up" link.
  3. Complete the information form using a '' E-mail address and click Create Account.
  4. Click the Confirm Account button in the confirmation E-mail and follow the prompts.

Build Your Profile

  1. When you first login, Choose a URL for your Selected Works site (NOTE: this URL cannot be revised).
  2. Customize by selecting up to three academic / research disciplines
  3. Enter "University of Maine" as your institutional affiliation.
  4. Review the Terms of Service and check the tick box beside, "I agree with the Terms of Service."
  5. Proceed to Customizing Your Profile, below.

For more information about customizing your profile, visit the Selected Works Author Guide

Customize Your SelectedWorks Profile

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  • All biographical sections appear to the user when logged into their account.
  • Only completed sections will display publicly.
  • To be included in the Expert Gallery™ you must provide your position, organization, discipline(s), and research interests.  
  • It is recommended you provide a current e-mail and UMaine ground mail address.

To personalize your biographical profile:

  1. Click on the About tab
  2. Hover your cursor over the section you wish to edit. 
  3. Editing takes place in real-time in the WYSIWYG interface.

Positions Interface
Affiliating your Selected Works site with the University of Maine will provide your site with the University of Maine branding.

  1. Under Institution, type in "University of Maine" and click the plus sign.
  2. Make certain "Current Position" and "Affiliate my profile with this Institution" are checked.
  3. Enter your college, department, or research unit under Organization.
  4. Complete the remainder of the profile information according to the on screen prompts.

TIP: If you publish under different versions of your name or using multiple email addresses, enter this information in your profile. This will enable the Import Works tool to seek out and automatically collect your works in Digital Commons.

TIP: When choosing your academic discipline (see illustration below), begin typing in the text box. The Selected Works discipline picker will present you with related disciplines available within the pre-set taxonomy. Check the appropriate boxes and click Save.

Discipline Picker

Upload Work

UMaine faculty and research staff are asked to upload full-text works, authored or created while working at the university, in DigitalCommons@UMaine. Once full-text works are available in Digital Commons, they may be imported to Selected Works using the "Import Works" feature, eliminating the need to duplicate work. 


When you log into your Selected Works profile, click on the "Add Work" dropdown menu and select the "Import Works" option (highlighted in yellow in the image below).


In the resulting popup window, check the tic boxes for "Include content from outside your institution's repository" and "Include previously reviewed content."

Import Works Popup Window


Carefully scroll through the search results and select each title you wish to import to your Selected Works page. When you've completed your selection process, click the "Import" button. You may repeat this process as often as you need, to confirm that you've collected all your desired publications.

Please visit the Selected Works Guide for Authors for additional, illustrated step-by-step instructions for adding work to Selected Works or contact Kimberly Sawtelle

Discover the Expert Gallery Suite

The Expert Gallery Suite includes the UMaine Expert Gallery™, Selected Works scholarly profiles, and individual, author Impact Dashboards. The purpose of the Expert Gallery is to connect faculty with media opportunities, grant funders, and research collaboration opportunities. The gallery also makes it easy to highlight department faculty, grant project participants, and others by allowing the creation of embedded galleries. Information about creating embedded galleries can be found in the Expert Gallery Suite video.


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