Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I submit my work to Dickinson Scholar?

Dickinson Scholar increases the visibility of scholarly and creative works produced by Dickinson College faculty members, administrators, staff and students by making it available in one central location online. As an open access institutional repository, Dickinson Scholar enables greater access to this scholarship for researchers, students, and other audiences around the world. Every item posted to Dickinson Scholar is assigned a unique, persistent URL, ensuring that users can cite work freely without the inconvenience of broken links.

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I am a Dickinson College faculty member. How do I get involved?

As a Dickinson faculty member, you may submit any original scholarship you have produced and would like to make available through Dickinson Scholar. This work may include published articles, conference presentations, artistic creations, interviews or documentaries, surveys or studies, or research data.

Faculty members are also encouraged to nominate any exceptional student work that deserves to be recognized and published on Dickinson Scholar.

If you are interested in submitting some of your own work, or in nominating the work of a student, please contact us at scholar@dickinson.edu.

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What are the benefits of contributing my work?

The visibility, awareness, and accessibility resulting from sharing work in an open access institutional repository benefits both you as the creator and Dickinson College as an institution.

Specific benefits include:

  • The visibility of your work in a centralized location means that peers and other researchers can more easily find and use your work, providing you with a wider audience than is possible through typical subscription-based scholarly databases.
  • The inclusion of your work among the full range of research conducted at Dickinson College provides you with institutional recognition.
  • The sharing of any unpublished work (e.g. conference presentations, white papers, etc.) provides a means to reach a much wider audience.
  • The maintenance of your work in the repository provides continuity and security so that your work is assured a stable online location that can be cited now and in the future.
  • The increased accessibility of your work may increase the number of times your work is cited and discussed among peers and other researchers.

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Can I revise or remove a submission?

Faculty/Administrator/Staff

Yes. If you would like to revise or remove a submission that has been posted to the repository, please contact scholar@dickinson.edu with your request.

Student

Removal

If your honors thesis or faculty-nominated work was previously posted to the repository with your permission, but you would now like to have it removed, you may submit your request to scholar@dickinson.edu. Please be aware that once student work has been removed at the request of the author, we will not generally agree to repost it again later if the author changes his or her mind.

Revision

Any student work posted to Dickinson Scholar must be the version approved and recommended by a faculty member. Upon request, the author may be permitted to post a separate document with additional notes or updated information to accompany the original work.

If you have drawn heavily on the work you did as a student at Dickinson for scholarship you have published elsewhere, you may also request that a citation for your newer work be included on your Dickinson Scholar post.

Please contact scholar@dickinson.edu with any questions.

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Why do some posts contain only a citation and not the full text?

If Dickinson Scholar has not yet received permission to post the full text of a work from either the author or from another copyright holder (e.g. the publisher), the post for that work will only contain a citation.

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How can work in Dickinson Scholar be used by researchers and scholars?

Any use of materials in Dickinson Scholar must respect the intellectual property rights of the copyright holder. Unless noted by a Creative Commons license, uses (including reproduction, republication, posting, transmission, or distribution in any physical or digital form) that fall outside of fair use (Title 17, §107 U.S.C.) require the explicit written permission of the copyright holder of the material.

For previously unpublished items, the author of the work is generally the copyright holder. For items that have been published elsewhere, the copyright holder may be the publisher. Please refer to the Comments section of the item record for publication information.

If you have a question about permitted uses of content in Dickinson Scholar, please contact scholar@dickinson.edu.

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