About eCommons

eCommons is a service of the Cornell University Library that provides long-term access to a broad range of Cornell-related digital content of enduring value.

As part of its social commitment as a research university, Cornell strives to ensure that scholarly research results are as widely available as possible. eCommons provides open access to the work that makes Cornell a leader in research, teaching, and creativity. eCommons is where the Library preserves the scholarly and artistic work of our faculty, staff, and students. eCommons showcases the work of individuals as well as departments, programs, institutes, and other formal and informal campus communities.

eCommons is designed to meet the demands of today's researcher. The service is also intended to evolve to reflect changing publishing needs and norms as identified by Cornell faculty, staff, and students; we welcome your input and engagement. The University Library provides this service free to you as a member of the Cornell University scholarly community.

What you get when you deposit your work in eCommons

Visibility

Making your work accessible via eCommons will facilitate discovery (in Google Scholar, for example) and citation.

Persistent links

eCommons technology ensures a stable online location (URL) for your work, allowing reliable access to your work over time.

Preservation

Cornell University Library is a world leader in developing standards and best practices for digital archiving and preservation. The Library is committed to preserving your work in eCommons for the long term, exactly as you deposit it.

Comprehensiveness

eCommons supports a variety of formats, and we encourage you to deposit not just the finished work, but also related materials (including data, images, audio and video files, etc.). Beyond what a traditional journal can accommodate, eCommons allows you to create a "director's cut" that gives context to your work and promotes further scholarship.

Institutional context

Cornell University is a destination for the best researchers and scholars, and eCommons places content in the larger context of the Cornell environment, side-by-side with the scholarly and artistic contributions of colleagues, students, and others in the Cornell Community.