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eCommons FAQ

Why deposit in eCommons?

As part of its social commitment as a research university, Cornell strives to ensure that scholarly research results are as widely available as possible. eCommons provides open access to the work that makes the Cornell a leader in research, teaching, and creativity. eCommons is where the Library preserves the scholarly and artistic work of our faculty, staff, and students. eCommons showcases the work of individuals as well as departments, programs, institutes, and other formal and informal campus communities.

What you get when you deposit your work in eCommons:

Making your work accessible via eCommons will ensure more of your peers can find it (in Google Scholar, for example) and will cite it.

Permanent links
eCommons technology ensures a stable online location for your work, with no broken links. eCommons is as reliable as a scholarly journal and as accessible as any website.

Cornell University Library is a world leader in developing standards and best practices for digital archiving and preservation. The Library is committed to preserving your work in eCommons for the long term, exactly as you deposit it.

eCommons supports a variety of formats, and we encourage you to deposit not just the finished work, but also related materials (including data, images, audio and video files, etc.). Beyond what a traditional journal can accommodate, eCommons allows you to create a "director's cut" that gives context to your work and promotes further scholarship.

Institutional context
Cornell University is a destination for the best researchers and scholars, and eCommons places your work in the larger context of the Cornell environment, side-by-side with the scholarly and artistic contributions of your colleagues, your students, your professors.

Embeddedness in your field of study
The Library actively collaborates with innovative repository and publishing services at other institutions and organizations. As repositories such as eCommons mature at institutions across North America and worldwide, work deposited in eCommons will be linked into emerging multi-institutional, discipline-specific services. A model in this regard is the arXiv (, managed by Cornell University Library, which provides open access to scholarship from throughout the world in physics and related fields.

eCommons is designed to meet the demands of today's researcher. The service is also intended to evolve to reflect changing publishing needs and norms as identified by Cornell faculty, staff, and students; we welcome your input and engagement. The University Library provides this service free to you as a member of the Cornell University scholarly community.

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How to Deposit Work in eCommons?

Depositing digital content in eCommons is an easy process and open to anyone affiliated with Cornell University (faculty, staff, students, or groups/organizations). A one-time registration, to create an account in eCommons, is necessary before submitting content. Below are the steps for submitting content to eCommons:

  1. Create an account in eCommons by registering. First submission only.
  2. Login to your account and "Start a New Submission."
  3. Select the Collection you wish to submit to.
  4. Read and accept the Deposit License.
  5. Fill in two forms that give a description of the work you are submitting (author name, title, subjects, etc.).
  6. Select the file or files on your computer and upload.
  7. Verify the information provided and approve the submission.

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