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

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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  • The sharing of any unpublished work (e.g. conference presentations, white papers, etc.)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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Who decides whether an honors thesis may be posted to Dickinson Scholar?

A Dickinson student who has been awarded departmental honors, and who has authored a written thesis to receive honors, may be invited to include the full text of the honors thesis in Dickinson Scholar. Each academic department shall decide whether prior approval of the faculty advisor is required in order for the full text of an honors thesis to be included. If faculty approval is required according to departmental practice, the student will be given the opportunity to approve the inclusion of the full text of the honors thesis only after the faculty advisor has consented. If faculty approval is not required, the student will be given the opportunity to include the full text of the honors thesis once honors have been awarded.

In either case, the full text of an honors thesis will not be included in Dickinson Scholar without the approval of the author, and the author of an honors thesis retains copyright whether or not the thesis is deposited in Dickinson Scholar. For inclusion in the repository, the final version of the thesis, as approved by the faculty for departmental honors, shall be obtained from the administrative associate for the respective department. No other version of the thesis will be permitted in the repository.

All honors theses will be listed in Dickinson Scholar via a brief description of the work. The description will include the name of the author, the title of the work, the name of the faculty advisor, the date of the honors award, and the department that granted the award. If furnished by the author, an abstract of the work will also be included in the description.

How is Dickinson Scholar different from other open repositories like
  • Longevity: Dickinson is committed to maintaining Dickinson Scholar for the long-term. Free sites like could disappear at any time.
  • Transparent model: Dickinson Scholar exists solely for the purpose of helping Dickinson faculty and student authors share their work widely. is a for-profit website. It, and other similar private platforms, make a profit off of the content you provide for free, and offer little transparency about how they may use your work in the future.
  • Free analytics: Dickinson Scholar will provide faculty authors with detailed information about the usage of their scholarly publications free of charge, if they wish to receive such reports. and other sites ask authors to pay for access to in-depth analytics about how much traffic their work is getting and who has downloaded it.
  • Copyright compliance: When you submit your work for possible inclusion in Dickinson Scholar, the Waidner-Spahr Library staff will research the standard copyright agreements of your publications and ensure that any work posted is in compliance with the publication agreement. When you post your work to, it is up to you to determine whether you are in compliance with copyright and/or your publication agreement.
  • Other benefits of contributing your work to Dickinson Scholar

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Can I revise or remove a submission?


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



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 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.


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 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

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