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Share your work with the world

There are many benefits to sharing your work
-- we improve the world around us, improve the lives of others, and improve scholarship. In recognition of this, many funders ask you to openly share your articles within twelve months of publication, and share your data either at the time of publication or after a reasonable amount of time. There are many methods available to you to comply with these requests and mandates. Furthermore, clearly stating how you wish your work to be re-used by applying an appropriate license can be of benefit to you and your colleagues.

Below are a few ways that help facilitate sharing your work.

Share your work with UMass Amherst's Institutional Repository -- a showcase of the scholarly output of UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Libraries manages a suite of services – ScholarWorks and SelectedWorks – to help you share your scholarly output, including publications and data. ScholarWorks, a Digital Commons institutional repository, is a reliable solution to disseminate and archive your data and publications. SelectedWorks allows you to create personal pages to further highlight your scholarly output.

Contact ScholarWorks for more information, or to help you get started.

Share your data with a subject-specific data repository

One way to share your data is by uploading it to a subject-specific data repository. The benefit of a subject-specific data repository is that it means data of a similar type is all in one place. Furthermore, when your data has certain requirements (e.g., confidentiality), subject-specific repositories often have policies in place to ensure data is protected appropriately.

Email the Data Working Group if you'd like us to help you find a subject specific data repository for your work!

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

Digital Object Identifiers, or DOIs, are unique alphanumeric strings, assigned by the International DOI Foundation, which identify and provide permanent links to work on the internet. The UMass Amherst Libraries can 'mint' or assign a DOI to your digital work.

Contact ScholarWorks for more information.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

An ORCID helps disambiguate you and your research! ORCID's mission is to help uniquely identify all researchers across the world, and connect them to their contributions to the scholarly conversation. ORCIDs are increasingly used with journals, funders, and more. Sign up for your ORCID at

Contact the Data Working Group if you'd like to know more.


Licensing your work can help clarify how you'd like to see your work re-used! Creative Commons offers a suite of license choices to help others understand whether or not they can re-use, disseminate, or re-mix your work. Please contact the Data Working Group if you have more questions.