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In this guide, you will be introduced to UNL's institutional repository, called the DigitalCommons.
What you will learn
This guide provides a brief introduction to:
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What is the DigitalCommons?
The DigitalCommons is UNL's institutional repository (IR). Since 2005, we have been leaders in the deployment of repositories as agents of change in scholarly publishing. We are one of the country’s and the world’s most successful repositories—based on work produced by this campus and its associated programs. It currently holds over 84,000 documents that have been downloaded nearly 35 million times.
Why submit to the DigitalCommons?
You can browse the DigitalCommons by collection or discipline, or you can use the search box to find materials by keyword, title, author, and more.
Who can submit to the DigitalCommons?
What about co-authored materials?
Create an Account
To submit documents to the DigitalCommons, you first need to create an account.
1. click My Account at the top of the screen (or use this link)
2. click the Sign up button under Create new account
3. fill out all required fields. Use your official UNL email account
4. click the Sign up button
An email will be sent to you confirming your account creation. You can do this another time.
Once you've created an account, you're ready to submit to the DigitalCommons.
The DigitalCommons is an ideal place for UNL faculty, staff, researchers, and students to submit their scholarly and research materials. These include:
By contributing your works to the DigitalCommons, you are participating in "green" open access and helping to free scholarly communications from distribution limits formerly imposed by many publishers. More about this.
Before you submit materials to the DigitalCommons, make sure you own the copyright or have permission to post from the copyright holder.
If your material has not been published, then you are free to post it. If your material was published, the publishers probably had you transfer the rights to them via an agreement or contract, so your power over it is limited by the language in the legal document you signed.
The easiest way to submit an item to the DigitalCommons is to let us help you!
If you prefer to do this yourself, you should follow these steps:
1. return to the homepage of the DigitalCommons
2. click Submit your paper or article from the left hand column
3. select your department or program from the alphabetized list (Special instructions for UCARE Students)
4. if you accept the Submission Instructions, check the box and click Continue
5. complete the information describing your document (click each for guidance):
The Author Dashboard allows you to monitor how many times your documents have been downloaded, and includes information about what country your readers are located in.
To access the Author Dashboard:
1. click on My Account in the top menu
2. under DASHBOARD TOOLS, select Author Dashboard
Once your document has been reviewed, you will be able to track usage statistics and your readership distribution here. You will also receive usage statistics via the email address you provided.
If you have any questions related to using the UNL Digital Commons, you can contact, Paul Royster, Coordinator for Scholarly Communications.
There is also an FAQ page that may be able to answer your questions.
We appreciate your participation in the UNL DigitalCommons. We are making scholarship vastly more available and are providing new metrics for its reception that are advantageous for scholars at all junctures of their careers.