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Scholar Commons: Using the Institutional Repository

Adding Your Research

It's easy to add your research to Scholar Commons, even if it's in a nontraditional format. Scholar Commons accepts all types of faculty research, including journal articles, book chapters, conference posters, and even videos and sound recordings. You can submit your research by following the steps below.

1. Create an Account

Visit the homepage of Scholar Commons. Select "My Account." From the options on the right side of the page, select "Sign Up." 

Enter all relevant information and click "Sign Up." You will receive a confirmation email to create your account. 

Need help? Watch the step-by-step guide below.

2. What Can I Share?

It can be tricky to know which version of your work you can share. It's always a good idea to pay attention to your publication agreements, because they'll tell you exactly how you can legally share your works. But what if you don't have those agreements, or if you aren't sure which version is which? Visit the Which Version Can I Share? page for an overview of pre-prints, post-prints, publisher PDFs and for information on how to locate these records. Sharing the legally-allowed version of your research protects your works from being taken down.

3. Submitting Your Works

  1. Once you've determined which version of your work you can share, sign in to your account
  2. From the left toolbar, under the "Submissions" heading, select "Submit Research."
  3. Select the appropriate collection for your research. For example, if you are faculty with the School of Library and Information Science, scroll to USC Columbia-->Information and Communications, College of-->Library and Information Science, School of-->Faculty Publications and select "Faculty Publications."
  4. Closely review the submission agreement and click "Continue."
  5. On the submission page, fill out as much information about your work as possible, upload all relevant files, and click "Submit."
  6. You will receive notification when your entry has been approved and posted.

For step-by-step instructions, view the video tutorial below.