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This guide will help you to become more familiar with Penn's institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons, and the various services provided by the ScholarlyCommons team.

About ScholarlyCommons

ScholarlyCommons ( is the University of Pennsylvania's open access institutional repository for gathering, indexing, storing, and making widely available the scholarly output of the Penn community. Reflecting the core values of inclusion, innovation, and impact in the Penn Compact 2020, ScholarlyCommons shares the exceptional works of Penn faculty, staff, and students with a local, national, and global audience. Access to ScholarlyCommons is free to all.

ScholarlyCommons officially launched in early 2005. It was initially developed in collaboration with Penn’s School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) and was quickly adopted by many other Penn schools. Since its launch, ScholarlyCommons has grown beyond traditional print materials to include open access journals, data sets, and other forms of multimodal scholarship.

ScholarlyCommons is a service of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and is administered by its Digital Scholarship group — a unit within the Penn Libraries’ Teaching, Research, and Learning division — in coordination with administrators at Penn’s various schools and centers.

ScholarlyCommons uses Digital Commons, a software solution powered by bepress.

Get Started 


Learn how to submit to ScholarlyCommons as an individual or group.


Learn about the free services provided by the ScholarlyCommons team.


Learn about the growing impact of ScholarlyCommons.


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Submit to ScholarlyCommons

Make your works discoverable through ScholarlyCommons, Penn's openly accessible institutional repository. Take advantage of Faculty Assisted Submission by sending us your CV or list of publications (faculty only), submit materials yourself, or set up a consultation to discuss your digital project. 

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