Frequently Asked Questions

What is eScholarship@UMMS?

eScholarship@UMMS (ISSN 2640-0081) is a freely available digital archive and publishing system offering worldwide access to the research, scholarly work, and expertise of the University of Massachusetts Medical School community. Our goal is to collect, organize, disseminate and showcase UMMS achievements in research and education by our faculty, researchers, staff, and students. We help individual researchers and departments organize, preserve and disseminate their research beyond the walls of the Medical School by archiving publications, posters, presentations and other materials they produce in their scholarly pursuits. eScholarship@UMMS is a service of the Lamar Soutter Library.

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 the eScholarship@UMMS Digital Collections Policy and the eScholarship@UMMS Library Guide.

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@UMMS?

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@UMMS using Google or other search engines?

Yes. Once an item is submitted into eScholarship@UMMS, it will be made available to search engines such as Google and Yahoo.

Why should I submit my research to eScholarship@UMMS?

eScholarship@UMMS 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 the eScholarship@UMMS Digital Collections Policy and the eScholarship@UMMS 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 eScholarship@UMMS Digital Collections Policy.

Can I see usage statistics for my publications?

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

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 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@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. View examples at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/sw_gallery.html. 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 June 2015