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This guide is designed to help familiarize you with our open-access institutional repository, Scholars @ Bentley. Pages in this guide will discuss the value of adding research to an IR, and take you through the process of submitting your work.

Quick Start Guide

This guide will be updated in the coming weeks. For now, this page is designed to serve as a "Quick Start Guide" to help you set up an account with Scholars @ Bentley and submit your eligible research to the repository. 

Step 1: Create a bepress account

If you have not done so already, start by creating an account with bepress.

  • Visit scholars.bentley.edu and click "My Account" in the top menu.
  • On the next page, click "Sign Up" near the bottom of the widget to create a new account.
  • Follow any remaining prompts to create your bepress account. 

Step 2: Complete the Contributor Agreement

In order to add your scholarly work to the repository, you must complete the Contributor Agreement Form. You will only need to fill this out once as it will be kept on file and applied to all future works you submit. 

Please read this form very carefully as it outlines all of the responsibilities that you have as the contributing author, including those regarding copyright and co-authors. 

You can find the form here: Contributor Agreement Form

Please fill out the form by hand - we are unable to accept electronic signatures at this time. You may scan a signed copy and email it to scholars@bentley.edu to be approved as a contributor. Alternatively, you may bring a printed, signed copy to the Library Services desk and a staff member will scan and upload the form for you. 

Step 3: Select work to post

Many different types of scholarly work can be submitted to Scholars @ Bentley. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Scholarly articles
  • Book chapters
  • Working papers
  • Presentations
  • Conference proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Audiovisual materials

 

If you are submitting a published work, please pay particular attention to copyright and ensure that you have the right to submit to an institutional repository. We highly recommend using SHERPA/RoMEO, an online tool that helps you to locate relevant copyright information by inputting a journal title or publisher name. You may find instructions on our Permission Checks page. 

Step 4: Submit to Scholars @ Bentley

Self-submission through Scholars @ Bentley is a very easy process! You can upload a single file or multiple files (supporting documents, datasets, etc) in a variety of formats. You'll be asked to provide some basic metadata about the work, and you'll have the opportunity to add it to as many of the Digital Commons "disciplines" (aka search networks) as you like.

Submission pages for all collections may be found here: Submit Research

Faculty should typically submit to their department's "Faculty Publications" collection. If you are unsure where to post your work, or if you do not see a collection for your department or center, please contact scholars@bentley.edu

Step 5: Track progress & continue to submit!

After you submit a work to the repository it will be reviewed by the Scholars @ Bentley team and then posted to the site. 

All posted submissions will be issued a stable link that you can use to share your work online. Posted submissions will also become part of the Digital Commons network and can be searched alongside works from hundreds of other academic institutions.

As a contributor, you will have access to an "Author Dashboard" which you will see linked when you log into your bepress account. This will allow you to track views and downloads of all of your posted content with date and location information.

We encourage contributors to add work to the repository on a regular basis! Please contact the Scholars @ Bentley team if you require any assistance with submission. 

Questions?

If you have additional questions or need help managing your account, please contact the Scholars @ Bentley team via email. 

scholars@bentley.edu