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eCommons at Roseman

What is the eCommons at Roseman?

To support and celebrate Roseman research, the Roseman University Library curates an institutional repository (IR) called the eCommons at Roseman University. The eCommons is intended to serve as a central repository of Roseman’s research output, bringing all Roseman research under one umbrella with an aim to preserve, promote, and provide access to that research.

The repository accepts a wide range of scholarly and creative works, including peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, books, book chapters, research data, posters, and presentations. This includes student posters from Roseman University’s Annual Research Symposium.

Librarians are available to assist researchers in indexing or hosting their work in the eCommons. This includes reviewing and respecting copyright and publishing agreements to recommend solutions for the widest possible dissemination of Roseman research.

What can be found in the eCommons?

The eCommons at Roseman aims to collect Roseman’s research output, some examples of these collections include: 

  • The Annual Roseman Research Symposium 
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Dissertations
  • Library Scholarship

All of the collections, including scholarship produced by each college, can be found here!

Explore the eCommons

The eCommons at Roseman houses research from Roseman University of Health Sciences students, faculty, and staff. The eCommons showcases a wide range of scholarly and creative works from the Roseman community, supporting our University mission to conduct research and innovate healthcare education.


How do I submit to the eCommons at Roseman? 

I am participating in Roseman research through a conference/event and have been required to submit my abstract, poster, and other materials in to Roseman's institutional repository.

Follow these steps:

  • 1. Create an account for the eCommons at Roseman University by going to the My Account tab. Check your inbox for an email from BePress to confirm your account; you may need to check spam folder.

  • 2. Once your account is confirmed, submit your research by following the "Submit Research" link on the left-hand menu on the eCommons website.

  • 3. Locate the collection you are submitting to and click the applicable link.

  • 4. Read the Submission Instructions and Agreement, check box, and click Continue

  • 5. Fill out submission form with all relevant information.
    • An email must be entered if you would like to return to the submission and make any revisions, use the email associated with your author account.

    • For the Disciplines section, select the options related to your research in the left-hand box and hit "Select" to add those labels to your submission. If you are unable to find a discipline that applies, use the "Enter Keywords" box to add additional items.

    • If multiple items are available to upload, please upload the Primary document first before any additional files.

  • 6. Check email for confirmation of successful upload.

Congratulations, you are now an author in the eCommons at Roseman University!

Why submit to the eCommons at Roseman? 

Submitting your work to an institutional repository like the eCommons offers a multitude of benefits:

  • Contribute to Intellectual Portrait: By sharing your scholarship, you help paint a rich picture of the intellectual life at your university, showcasing its diverse range of research and creativity.

  • Increase Influence and Citations: Publishing in a repository can extend the reach of your work, potentially increasing citation counts and amplifying your scholarly impact.

  • Broaden Readership: Your research becomes accessible to a wider audience beyond traditional publishing channels, reaching scholars, students, and enthusiasts globally.

  • Enhance Professional Visibility: Sharing your contributions through the repository boosts your visibility within your professional community, establishing you as an active participant in advancing knowledge.

  • Utilize Free Archive: The repository serves as a free archive for your publications, ensuring they're available in a convenient and easily accessible format for anyone interested in your work.

  • Support Open Access: By embracing open access principles, you contribute to the growing movement of freely accessible research, fostering collaboration and innovation across disciplines.

  • Archive for Future Generations: Your research becomes part of a lasting archive, preserving it for future generations of scholars, students, and researchers to explore and build upon.

  • Support Your Institution: By utilizing the institution's repository, you contribute to its mission of knowledge dissemination and support the academic community that supports you in your scholarly pursuits.

Copyright & the eCommons

In order to submit a work to the eCommons you must hold the copyright to that work or have the approval of the copyright holder to do so. If the work is also being published by a traditional publisher, you may have transferred your copyright to them as part of the publication process. In this case, the publisher may allow you to still post the work but may have certain restrictions to its posting. You need to know the copyright status of your work or your publisher’s policies before submitting it to eCommons. You can find more information about copyright here.

Author Rights

If you do have rights:

If you do retain copyright to the work, and have not given someone else exclusive rights to distribute it, you should be able to submit it to the eCommons.

If you do not have rights: 

If you do not retain copyright but have transferred your rights to your publisher, you may still be able to deposit a version of your paper in the eCommons at Roseman. Some publishers, for instance, only allow posting of the preprint or post print version of an article or book chapter, not the final published version. To determine your journal or publisher's policy towards submitting to an institutional repository, we recommend consulting SHERPA/RoMEO, a public database of publisher copyright policies as a starting point. Bear in mind, however, that SHERPA/RoMEO does not cover all journals or publishers, may not have the most current publisher information, and should not be relied upon as legal counsel. Please contact the Library if you have questions, or need assistance determining the copyright status of your work.

Ways to retain rights:

  • Ask the Library! A librarian, such as your librarian liaison, can review your journal publication agreement and provide advise on the best methods to submit your work to the eCommons within the guidelines of your agreement. 

  • Search the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) to find peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly open access journals.

  • Retain your rights as the author of a journal article by adding an author addendum to your publication agreement. The author addendum will ensure that you retain your copyright and can distribute your work as you see fit. 

  • Save your preprints and post prints! Even if you publish in a traditional journal, it's likely that you'll be able to submit a non-final version of your article in an institutional repository like eCommons. 

Need help with the eCommons? 

If you have questions or need assistance with the eCommons at Roseman, there are a few contacts you can reach out to: 

  • Library Staff: The library manages the eCommons, so they're a great first point of contact for general inquiries. They can assist with a wide range of issues, from submitting content to the eCommons to managing your author account.

  • System Administrator: The Access & Systems librarian can help with technical aspects of using the eCommons. Whether you need guidance on submitting content, editing posts, or troubleshooting any technical issues, they're there to assist you.

  • Liaison Librarian: If your inquiry is college-specific, such as reviewing copyright agreements or submitting to your college's scholarship collection, your liaison librarian is the person to contact. They can provide specialized assistance tailored to your college's needs and requirements.

No matter the nature of your question or concern regarding the eCommons, there's someone available to help ensure a smooth experience for users and contributors alike.

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