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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.
Scholarly Commons is migrating to a new platform!  Please note that the repository will freeze on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, and the new site will go live in early July.  Content published on the repository before May 30th will still be available to view and download during the freeze but no new content, collections, or accounts will be added to the platform until the new site goes live. 

For updates and more information about what you can expect, please check our Migration Updates page.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

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.


Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones

Archive and showcase your department or program's undergraduate or graduates theses, dissertations, and capstones.

Journal Publishing

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

Conferences and Events

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

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.


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 Research Data and Digital Scholarship group, 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. 

Contact Us

If you'd like more information about Scholarly Commons, please click on the button below to fill out a form.  We'd be happy to answer your questions or set up a consultation.