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How to Submit to eCommons

Cornell University faculty, researchers, staff, and students may submit digital content to eCommons. To read more about the type of content appropriate for eCommons, see the eCommons Content Collection Policy.

Before submitting material to eCommons for the first time, there are two, one-time only steps required:

Once you have registered and been approved to submit to an eCommons Collection, the submission process is easy:

  • Log into your eCommons account using the "My Account" link in the left navigation bar.
  • Select "Start a New Submission".
  • Using the pull-down menu, choose the Collection to which you want to submit your work. The list will contain those Collections you have approval to submit to. Click "Next".
  • Read the Deposit License. For more information about this license, see Deposit Agreement. Click "I Grant the License" at the bottom.
  • The next two forms allow you to describe the work you are submitting (author name, title, subjects, etc.). The more complete your description, the more likely that others will find your work quickly. For advice on describing your content, see Best Practices for eCommons Metadata.
  • Upload your file by selecting it on your local system and providing a short file description of it. Click "Next".
  • Verify your file upload. If necessary, you may add additional files at this point. Click "Next".
  • Verify the entire submission. Please review the content description and file. Clicking "Next" will complete the eCommons submission.
  • You should receive an e-mail message explaining how to access and refer to your submission. If your submission requires approval, then you will get your confirmation e-mail message after the submission is approved.

At any point during the process, you may cancel the submission, or save what you have entered and return to it later.

Additional Information

For information on protecting your rights to your intellectual property, go to

For information on copyright management at Cornell University, go to

For a list of publishers' policies regarding the authors rights to publish pre-prints and postprints on a repository such as DSpace, go to

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