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Scholar Commons: Using the Institutional Repository


SelectedWorks is a feature offered through Scholar Commons that is designed to showcase your expertise and enhance the reputation of the institution as a whole. It makes it easy for groups across the University of South Carolina to connect top faculty with funding and media opportunities that so often get missed. 

Your profile in this platform will serve to make your scholarship visible and accessible to your colleagues, students, and potential funders. Follow the steps below to get started.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Visit  
  2. From the menu dropdown in the right corner, select “log in” if you already have a Scholar Commons account or “sign up” if you do not have a Scholar Commons account. 
  3. If you are creating a new profile, enter the requested information and confirm your user information from the email link provided.
  4. After logging in or confirming your new account, you will see a screen requesting information:   Profile building screenshot 
  5. Enter the relevant information and select “Create Profile.”
  6. A new page will appear populated with your information. Upload a photo and add introductory text. 
  7. To add your works that have already been submitted to Scholar Commons or another Digital Commons Institutional Repository, select the “Add Work” dropdown then click on “Import Works.” Select the items that you wish to add. For each item, select the type of work and display category (start typing any letter to see suggestions). Click the “Import” button.
    • We recommend adding works to Scholar Commons and then importing them into your profile for consistency and to guarantee uniform impact metrics, but it is possible to add works directly to your profile. To add additional works, select “Upload a File” from the “Add Work” dropdown. Upload the file and Upload the file and fill in the relevant data as prompted. Select “Add to Profile” to finalize the submission. Add work screenshot
  • Please note that items added in this manner will not automatically be added to Scholar Commons. It may be beneficial to first submit any works in which you hold the right to include a full text copy, pre-print, or post-print to Scholar Commons and then import the items into your profile. 
  1. You have now completed your profile. It will be accessible to others from the University of South Carolina Expert Gallery. If you’d like to change your account or visibility settings, please visit “Account Settings” from the dropdown in the top right corner. You can continue to add and import works by periodically visiting and updating your SelectedWorks account.