Frequently Asked Questions

What is eScholarship@UMMS?

eScholarship@UMMS, a service of the Lamar Soutter Library, is a digital archive offering worldwide access to the scholarly output of University of Massachusetts Medical School faculty, staff, researchers, and students. The goal is to bring together all of the University's research under one umbrella, in order to preserve, promote, and provide access to that research. We strive to provide full-text where possible.

Who can submit documents?

Communities of the University of Massachusetts Medical School may submit documents to eScholarship. Communities may include schools, departments, programs, centers, or institutes. Other groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Faculty, staff, researchers, and students are also welcome to set up personal researcher pages such as those at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/sw_gallery.html. For more information, see eScholarship@UMMS Policies.

Who can view documents in eScholarship@UMMS?

eScholarship@UMMS is an open archive and most of the content is accessible to anyone on the internet. For some collections, access may be restricted to computers on campus.

What can I find in eScholarship?

Examples of content include, but are not limited to, the following: articles (pre-prints and post-prints), audio files, dissertations, datasets, video files, posters, abstracts, reports, working papers and more. Where copyright permits, we include the full text of the document, image, poster, etc.

Can I find items in eScholarship using Google or other search engines?

Yes. Once an item is submitted into eScholarship, it will be made available to search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or open access search engines.

Why should I submit my research to eScholarship?

eScholarship will help to maximize the visibility and accessibility of your research, and hence the usage and impact of your work. Wider exposure will potentially lead to earlier and increased citation of your work. The system creates permanent links for all records which makes it easier to distribute them to your colleagues.

What copyright issues should I be concerned about?

Copyright applies only to full text documents, e.g. articles, images, posters, etc. What you should do depends on whether or not you own the copyright to the work. The library will assist authors in determining if materials are eligible to be deposited. For more information, see eScholarship@UMMS Policies.

How do I get started?

You can contact the library for help in setting up a community or a personal researcher page in eScholarship. For more information on submission guidelines, please see eScholarship@UMMS Policies.

Can I see usage statistics for my publications?

If eScholarship has your email address, you will receive monthly usage statistics for each document you have in eScholarship.

Do I need to register or log-in to use eScholarship@UMMS?

You do not need to create an account to search or review content. Some features require you to register such as submitting a paper or receiving usage statistics. To create an account, click on Create a FREE account under My Account on the home page. Use your umassmed.edu email address.

How do I search eScholarship@UMMS?

You can search by keyword in the text of the record and full text of the document via the “Enter search terms” box on the home page, and advanced searching is available. You can also browse content by School, Department or Program and other categories on the home page.

What if I want to update or remove my work?

Authors may request to post updated versions of documents. The Library prefers that updated documents be posted along with the original version. The eScholarship@UMMS repository is meant to be a permanent scholarly record. However, there may be times when it is necessary to remove items. Authors may request the removal of content they have submitted by contacting the library.

What is a personal researcher page?

A personal researcher page pulls all of your research into one web page which may include a personal statement, photo and CV. To have a page created, contact the library.

Additional Questions?

If you have further questions or need help, contact Lisa Palmer at 508-856-4368 or .

Updated July 2012