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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.

Our Services

Faculty Uploads

All Penn faculty, including non-tenured and emeritus professors, can have their publications reviewed for copyright permissions and uploaded to ScholarlyCommons. Learn more.

Journal Publishing

ScholarlyCommons supports open access journal publishing, including peer-review, customized front-end designs, and archiving. Learn more.

Conferences and Events

With ScholarlyCommons, you can capture the valuable output from your past or upcoming conferences, symposiums, or other events. Learn more.

Digital Projects

We assist departments, centers, classes, individual faculty members, staff, and other Penn-related groups in setting up collections for a wide-range of digital materials. Learn more.


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 hosted service developed by bepress.

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Submit to ScholarlyCommons

Make your works discoverable through ScholarlyCommons, Penn's openly accessible institutional repository. Submit materials yourself, or set up a consultation to discuss your digital project. 


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Scholarly Commons is moving to a new platform. Email responses will be delayed as we get ready to move to our new home.