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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.

Types of Materials

Whether you are an individual researcher, campus group, department, center, or lab, ScholarlyCommons can meet many of your research needs by creating a space in Penn's repository that is tailored to your project. For more information on the benefits of using ScholarlyCommons, please see Benefits.

The following sections will give you an idea of the types of materials ScholarlyCommons can accommodate. ScholarlyCommons can hold any file type and size, so this list is not exhaustive. If you are interested in setting up a new collection or have questions about submitting to current collections, please contact us to request a consultation or choose from the other options on the right-hand side of this page.

Types of materials in ScholarlyCommons


ScholarlyCommons can host a variety of previously published materials and grey literature, including journal articles, books, book chapters, working papers, reports, policy briefs, and much more. 

Papers Examples

Videos & Audio

ScholarlyCommons can make your audio and video files available for download, whether they be supplemental content, MOOCs, podcasts, presentations, or a stand-alone project. Although ScholarlyCommons cannot stream video, we can embed streaming videos from YouTube or other sites.

Videos & Audio Examples


Whether you need to fulfill a grant requirement, have supplemental data, or simply want to share your data with others, ScholarlyCommons can potentially help. Please note that while ScholarlyCommons can house data, it is not a dedicated data repository (see the Data Planning and Management guide for more information). If you are creating a data management plan, see how the Penn Libraries can help with DMP Tool. In that guide you can also find boilerplate text for using ScholarlyCommons in your proposal, but please contact us for a consultation before doing so.

Data Examples


ScholarlyCommons can host your old (and new) publications in full, including journals, magazines, proceedings, and more. If you are interested in setting up a new open access journal or in storing your back issues in ScholarlyCommons, please request a consultation. ScholarlyCommons can support peer review and editorial workflow management, receive international submissions, and provide other robust services for your publication.

Publication Examples


ScholarlyCommons has an interface just for images with an in-page viewer window, which allows users to zoom in and out of the image on its page on ScholarlyCommons as well as download the image in its original size, medium, or thumbnail.

Image Examples

Dissertations, Theses, and  Capstones

As of December, 2015, all dissertations are required to be deposited in ScholarlyCommons, which not only hosts all full-text Penn dissertations from December 2015 to the present but also select dissertations from previous years (at the author’s request). If you are are a Penn alumnus/a and would like to have your dissertation included in ScholarlyCommons, please contact us.

ScholarlyCommons also provides links to previous dissertations available through the third party database ProQuest (all users have free access to the first 24 pages of these dissertations, but only members of the Penn community or other ProQuest customers have free access to the full text).

In addition to its dissertation collections, ScholarlyCommons can also house theses, capstones, senior honors projects, and other materials as well.

ETD Examples

Conferences, Symposia, and Other Events

Show off your full conference, symposium, or other event in ScholarlyCommons. Store presentations, video of the event, proceedings, and other materials in the same order they were presented at the event.

Event Examples

Other Materials

ScholarlyCommons can accommodate a wide range of materials that may not fit within any of the categories listed above. If you have other materials not listed here, ask us! We may be able to help.

Other Examples

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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.

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