SMU Digital Repository FAQs

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GENERAL

What is a digital repository?

Why should I submit my work to the SMU Digital Repository?

Who is supporting SMU’s digital repository effort?

What other institutions are using Digital Commons?

Whom do I contact for more information?

POLICY

Who will determine what goes into the SMU Digital Repository?

What type of files can be presented in the Digital Repository?

Can e-journals be hosted by the SMU Digital Repository?

Can conference agendas be placed in the Digital Repository?

How does SMU make sure that inappropriate content is not uploaded?

AUTHOR CONCERNS

Am I “publishing” my work if I put it in the SMU Digital Repository?

Will I be able to publish my research later (say, in a journal) if I put a copy of it in the SMU Digital Repository?

Can I post a reprint from a journal?

What information, or metadata, is needed for files to be uploaded?

How do I submit materials to the SMU Digital Repository?

What if I have materials that need to be digitized?

Can I withdraw my content from the Digital Repository?

SUPPORT

Is it possible to monitor usage of digital content?

Who is responsible if the Digital Repository web site crashes?

What if SMU moves to another platform? Can we get our data back?

What if I have other kinds of hosting needs, like storing raw data?