Frequently Asked Questions

What is eScholarship@UMassChan?

eScholarship@UMassChan is a freely available digital archive and publishing system offering worldwide access to the research, scholarly work, and expertise of the UMass Chan Medical School community. Our goal is to collect, organize, disseminate and showcase UMass Chan achievements in research and education by archiving publications, posters, presentations and other materials produced by our faculty, researchers, staff, and students in their scholarly pursuits. eScholarship@UMassChan is a service of the Lamar Soutter Library, Worcester, MA, USA; launched in 2006 as eScholarship@UMMS, it was rebranded in 2021 when the University of Massachusetts Medical School became UMass Chan Medical School.

Who can submit documents?

Communities of the UMassChan Medical School may submit documents to eScholarship@UMMS. Communities may include schools, departments, programs, centers, or institutes. Other groups and individuals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, see the Digital Collections Policy and the eScholarship@UMassChan Library Guide.

Who can view documents in eScholarship@UMassChan?

eScholarship@UMassChan 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@UMassChan?

Examples of content include, but are not limited to, the following: articles (including pre-publication manuscripts), audio files, dissertations, datasets, videos, 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@UMassChan using Google or other search engines?

Yes. Once an item is submitted into eScholarship@UMassChan, it will be made available to Google and other search engines.

Why should I submit my research to eScholarship@UMassChan?

eScholarship@UMassChan will help to maximize the visibility and accessibility of your research. Wider exposure will potentially lead to earlier and increased citation, usage, and impact of your work. The system creates permanent links for all items 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 the Digital Collections Policy and the eScholarship@UMassChan Library Guide.

How do I get started?

You can contact the library for help in depositing materials. For more information on submission guidelines, see the Digital Collections Policy.

Can I see usage statistics for my publications?

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

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

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@UMassChan?

You can search by keyword in the text of the record and full text of the document by using 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@UMassChan 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.

Additional Questions?

If you have further questions or need help, contact escholarship@umassmed.edu.

Updated November 2021