Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can submit content to Poet Commons?
- What type of content can be submitted?
- How do I submit my content?
- Do I need to submit a release form with my content?
- What do I do if my work involves human subjects?
- What is the process for submitting my senior project?
- I don't have electronic versions of old working papers that I'd like to include in the repository. Is it okay to scan the printed page to a PDF file?
- When I copy and paste abstracts into the Submit form, some formatted text reverts to plain text. What's going on?
- How do I include accents and special characters in the abstracts and titles?
- How do I revise a submission?
- How can I submit a multi-part file, such as multiple chapters for a book?
- Can I post related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) alongside the published article?
- Can I post a reprint from a journal?
- A working paper in our repository site has been published in a slightly revised form in a journal. What should I do?
Open Access & Copyright
- Who has access to Poet Commons content?
- What is open access?
- Who holds the copyright to submitted content?
Who can submit content to Poet Commons?
Poet Commons accepts submissions from students, faculty, and staff of Whittier College.
What type of content can be submitted?
Submissions must be scholarly, research-oriented, or represent the institutional or cultural history of Whittier College. A range of formats are accepted include: capstone projects, presentations/posters, articles, artwork, college-produced publications, and conference/event materials.
How do I submit my content?
Click the “Submit Research” link located on the side navigation bar. Select the appropriate category for your submission. Fill out all required information. To improve the discovery of your article be sure to add an abstract. Upload your content and then attach any supplementary files. If an appropriate category is not available, or assistance is required, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do I need to submit a release form with my content?
If your work is published and already freely available on the internet (example: via a department webpage) then no, you do not. If you work is unpublished then you do need a release form. These can be obtained by contacting us (email@example.com).
What do I do if my work involves human subjects?
If your work involves human subjects, please visit the Human Subject Research page for guidance.
What is the process for submitting my senior project?
The process is pretty straightforward but there are a series of important steps. Please visit this guide for detailed information.
I don't have electronic versions of old working papers that I'd like to include in the repository. Is it okay to scan the printed page to a PDF file?
Yes--scanning printed pages is a great way to create PDF files for inclusion in the repository. There are two ways to scan a page: using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) or scanning the page as an image. Making OCR scans requires careful proofreading and loses the original formatting of the documents. Image scans cannot be searched. The best solution takes advantage of both of these methods. Many software applications allow for the OCR capture of image scans. When documents are scanned this way, users see the image scan but search the full-text of the document. This is the preferred method for scanning documents for the repository.
When I copy and paste abstracts into the Submit form, some formatted text reverts to plain text. What's going on?
When copying abstracts from a word processing file or a PDF file, and pasting the text into the submission form, you are taking text from an environment that supports fonts and text style changes. Because the abstract is intended to be presented on the web, text styles must be specified using HTML codes.
If submitting an abstract in HTML format, please be sure to select the corresponding option on the submission form.
The following HTML tags are recognized by the system and may be used to format an abstract (use lowercase tags):
<br>- line break
How do I include accents and special characters in the abstracts and titles?
The repository software supports the worldwide character set (Unicode, utf-8). Accents, symbols, and other special characters may be copied and pasted into the abstract or title field from a word processing file or typed in directly. Windows users may also use the Character Map to insert these characters. Macintosh users may use the Character Palette (available via Edit > Special Characters in the Finder).
How do I revise a submission?
To revise a submission that has been posted to the repository, contact the repository administrator with the new version.
If the submission has been submitted, but not yet posted, you may revise it via your My Account page:
- Locate the article on your My Account page, and click the title.
- Click Revise Submission from the list of options in the left sidebar.
- Enter your changes in the Revise Submission form, and click Submit at the bottom of the page to submit your changes. (You only need to modify the portion of the form that corresponds to the changes you wish to make.)
How can I submit a multi-part file, such as multiple chapters for a book?
Combine all the sections together as one Microsoft Word file or PDF file and submit that.
To make one PDF file from multiple files, open the first PDF file, then choose Document>Insert Pages from Acrobat's menus to insert the second file (indicate it should go after the last page of the first file), and repeat for all documents. The result will be one compound PDF file which may then be submitted.
If you feel that the one large PDF file might be too large for some people to download, we suggest that you submit the consolidated file as the full text of the article, and then upload the separate chapters or sections of the document as Associated Files. These files will appear on the web page alongside the complete document. For more information about uploading associated files, see "Can I post related files..." below.
Can I post related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) alongside the published article?
Yes. The bepress system refers to these supplementary items as Associated Files. You will be prompted to submit Associated Files when you upload your submissions. The name of the files you upload will appear on the web site along with your short description of it. Viewers must have the necessary software to open your files; that is not provided by the bepress system.
Please be sure that there are no permissions issues related to use of the associated material. Sometimes, especially with images, you must write a letter seeking permission to use the material before it can be posted.
Also note that where possible, items such as images, charts and tables that are referenced in the document (or otherwise an integral part of the document) should be included directly in the article itself and not posted just as associated files.
Can I post a reprint from a journal?
It depends on what the journal allows, which is usually specified in their agreement with the author. If it would not violate copyright to post the reprint on your repository site, you're welcome to do so. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA RoMEO.
A working paper in our repository site has been published in a slightly revised form in a journal. What should I do?
Many journals do not have any restrictions on working papers that preceded an article, especially if substantial revisions were made. You should check your author agreement with the journal to confirm that there is no problem with leaving the working paper on the site. The repository would constitute noncommercial use.
Assuming the working paper does remain on posted in the repository, it is a good idea to include the citation to the published article on the cover page of the repository working paper. Please contact the repository administrator to request this change.
Who has access to Poet Commons content?
Poet Commons is an open access repository and part of the Digital Commons Network. The content will be available to anyone who has access to the internet. Some content will be restricted to Whittier College students and faculty such as senior capstones; however, abstracts will be available for those works.
What is open access?
According to the American Library Association: “Open access refers to the free and open availability of scholarly content on the Internet. Open-access materials are made available via digital repositories (archives) or scholarly journals. Open access does not equate to “anyone can publish anything”; rather, open access refers to the ability of anyone to view, download and use scholarly information.”
Who holds the copyright to the submitted content?
The author, or creator, retains the copyright for all content. It is the author’s responsibility to check copyright status prior to submitting content to Poet Commons. It is the user's responsibility to properly cite and give credit to the Author for any works used.