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eScholarship Help

Who can submit

Material may be submitted by Boston College faculty, researchers, staff or students. Boston College research centers or sponsors of Boston College affiliated conferences may submit work created by non-BC authors.

What type of material

Material submitted should be scholarly academic work. Examples of the types of content accepted are:

Article preprints (unpublished drafts), postprints (after peer review), or published versions, working papers, technical reports, conference papers, books, creative works, datasets, images, audio files and video files.

Acceptable student work would be graduate theses or dissertations, undergraduate honors theses or (at the discretion of eScholarship staff) winners of juried student competitions. Students have the option to make their work open access immediately or after an embargo period.

Inclusion of material in eScholarship may depend on the scholarly nature of the content, file size, file format, copyright infringement or author affiliation.

Copyright issues

Authors should submit only work to which they hold the copyright or work that they have permission to submit. Many published journal articles may be submitted and made accessible even after publication. This depends on the terms of the agreement with the publisher and the policies applied by the journal. Many journal policies can be found on the SHERPA/RoMEO site. Contact us for help deciding which version can be deposited. Help for authors can be found on the Libraries’ Open Access and Scholarly Publishing Guide and the Copyright and Scholarship Guide.

Open Access

The Boston College Libraries encourage allowing immediate open access to materials in eScholarship. Authors who retain copyright in their submitted materials can define the use that others may make of the material. Creative Commons licenses may be used to define these rights. Please contact us for help deciding which license to use. Our Open Access and Scholarly Publishing Guide provides more information.

How much work is it to submit?

Not very much. You can submit hard copy or digital files. We can immediately post work for which you hold copyright or have permission to submit. For previously published journal articles, we will research the publishers’ policies and let you know which version of the article can be deposited.

Who to contact

For help with submission of materials or for questions about journal copyright policies, contact your Subject  Librarian or Jane Morris, the Scholarly Communication Librarian.

For help with submission of graduate Theses and Dissertations, please contact Bill Donovan , the eTD Administrator.

For help with submission of an undergraduate thesis, please contact Lopa Williams, the undergraduate thesis Administrator.