Frequently Asked Questions


Who can submit content to Daemen Digital Commons?

Any individual affiliated with a Daemen College unit – departments, offices, institutes, centers, etc. – can contribute content to Digital Commons.

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Why should I deposit my work with Daemen Digital Commons?

There are several advantages to depositing scholarly work with Digital Commons

  • Increase visibility of faculty and student scholarship and Daemen College as a whole
  • Make research free and open to all; no more publisher paywalls
  • Allow for long-term preservation and accessibility of scholarly work
  • Showcase scholarly work that is underserved by traditional publishing models
  • Support teaching and research

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How is Daemen Digital Commons different than ResearchGate or academia.edu?

Social networking sites such as ResearchGate and academia.edu are commercial sites with for-profit business models that don’t guarantee long-term preservation of your work. Since the websites put all of the burden on the authors to determine copyright status and self-archiving rights, a vast majority of articles on such sites violate copyright, with takedown requests and even lawsuits not unheard of.

Daemen Digital Commons, on the other hand, is maintained by librarians who not only provide accurate, more robust metadata about your scholarship, but also serve as copyright liaisons. We’ll check publisher permissions for you and figure out what version you’re allowed to archive. Daemen Digital Commons is more than a platform – it is a service.

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What types of materials can I deposit?

Daemen Digital Commons supports a variety of intellectual output, including journal articles, book chapters, pre-prints, working papers, presentations, posters, creative works, media files (both audio and video), and other representations of scholarly work. The preferred file format is .pdf (when appropriate), but other file formats are also accepted.

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How do I deposit my work in Daemen Digital Commons?

To contribute content to Digital Commons, please email jdise@daemen.edu, who will contact you with the next steps.

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Can I submit the work myself?

Yes, you can submit work to Daemen Digital Commons yourself after receiving the necessary permissions to do so. Please content jdise@daemen.edu if you’re interested in submitting work yourself.

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What rights do I grant the University when I deposit my work in Daemen Digital Commons?

The copyright holders retain all rights, title, copyright, and other interest in the materials submitted to the repository. Contributors submitting materials acknowledge, to the best of their knowledge, that they have requisite permissions to make the content available on the repository and that the submission does not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright.

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How do I determine the copyright to my work before submitting?

The Library will assist with identifying copyright status, self-archiving rights granted by individual journals, and obtaining copyright clearance (when possible) for any published works.

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