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Deposit Your Work in Online Archives

Depositing your work in an online archive, particularly one that is freely accessible, can make it easier for your work to be discovered, used, and cited by scholars and other interested readers.

ScholarlyCommons: Repository, Penn's institutional repository, gives a permanent, freely accessible home to the work of Penn scholars. Your work is displayed along with other work of your research unit, is full-text searchable, and is indexed by major search engines like Google. You also receive periodic reports of how often your work is downloaded.

Penn also lets you create a site to show off your entire CV, or whatever selections from it you want to highlight. You can create a Selected Works site that lists all your publications, organized by type, subject, and/or date. Links can be created automatically to copies of your papers in ScholarlyCommons@Penn, or you can link to other locations with text or abstracts of your work. You can also upload papers yourself, and include links to more information about you and your work. Interested readers can subscribe to email or RSS lists to be notified when you post new material. Our tools page gives information on how to set up your site.

You may also be interested in depositing into global repositories for your discipline. Some of the better-known discipline repositories include for physics and quantitative sciences, PubMedCentral for biomedical and life sciences articles, and SSRN for social sciences and law. The OpenDOAR directory turns up well over 100 more discipline-specific repositories worldwide.

There are also thousands of open access journals that also make their articles freely available to all readers worldwide, thus giving their articles much of the same exposure as freely accessible repositories.