What’s in the feed shown on the Humanities Commons home page?

At hcommons.org, on the left-hand side of the page, you’ll see an activity feed,help

a list of recent activity tailored toward your interests. Your feed shows activity across the network, but it will prioritize activity that corresponds to groups you are in, members you follow, and CORE deposits that are related to these groups and members. You can personalize your feed by joining more groups and by following members who share your research interests.

What’s in the Activity section of the Commons?

An Activity page on the Commons can be accessed by clicking Activity in the main, left-hand menu. On this page you’ll see a list of different types of site activity, including works deposited in CORE, the creation of sites and blogs, and discussion topics added to groups. You can use filters to select specific types of content you want to see. One set of filters runs across the top of the page and allows you to see activity related to members you are following, groups you are in, or discussions and status updates you were mentioned in.

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The second set of filters is a drop-down menu that allows you to look at activities by specific type: Updates, Posts, Comments, New Groups, Group Memberships, New Members, New Deposits, New Group Deposits, New Group Files, Group Files Edits, Topics, Replies, New Docs, Doc Edits, and Doc Comments.

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Can I share an event with a group?

Yes! To create and share an event, simply hover over your name and avatar at the top right of the screen and choose New Events from the Events menu.

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After entering the date and details of your event, you’ll see a Groups section toward the bottom of the page. From there you can select the groups that you’d like to share the event with. You can only share the event with groups you belong to.

Alternatively, you can go directly to a group’s page and click Events in the menu that runs across the top of each group’s page. Click the New Event button to add your event. The settings determined by an admin or group creator may affect your ability to connect events to a given group. For more on this, read our guide to Managing Group Roles and Memberships.

Why should I deposit my work with CORE?

Depositing your work with a repository ensures that it is archived and attributed to you and makes it quickly and widely available to others.

Works deposited with CORE are automatically given a permanent identifier called a DOI. DOIs provide persistent, citable metadata for scholarly and creative works, including gray literature such as blog posts, syllabi, data sets, presentations, and video and audio files.

Since you can associate items you deposit with an MLA forum, CORE offers the added advantage of sharing your work with an immediate audience of scholars in your field.

What kinds of items can I deposit with CORE?

The following items can be deposited with CORE: abstracts, articles, bibliographies, books, book chapters, catalogs, charts, codes or software, conference publications, course materials or learning objects, data sets, documentaries, dissertations, essays, fictional works, finding aids, images, interviews, maps, music, performances, photographs, presentations, reports, reviews, syllabi, technical reports, theses, translations, visual art.

What file types does CORE accept?

CORE accepts the following file types:

  • Audio: .mp3, .ogg, .wav
  • Data: .csv, .ods, .sxc, .tsv, .xls, .xlsx
  • Image: .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .psd, .tiff
  • Mixed material or software: .gz, .rar, .tar, .zip
  • Text: .doc, .docx, .htm, .html, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .rdf, .rtf, .sxi, .sxw, .txt, .wpd, .xml
  • Video: .f4v, .flv, .mov, .mp4

Please note that if you are uploading a word-processed document, PDF files are preferred for reasons of cross-platform compatibility and security.

How do I make my work available for others to use on CORE?

Works deposited in CORE are covered by the MLA Commons Terms of Service, which stipulate that members may not use your content without your specific consent or unless you share it under a Creative Commons license. 

If you are depositing an image, data set, or other item that you would like to make available to other scholars, we encourage you to grant such permission by way of a Creative Commons license. You have the option to attribute such a license to your work at the time of deposit.

How do I know if I can legally deposit an article I’ve publish elsewhere in CORE?

Policies vary by publisher and journal. Look up the journal or publisher by name in the SHERPA-RoMEO database to find out its policies covering archiving—referred to on the Commons as depositing. For example, if your article was published in PMLA, you may deposit preprint (not yet peer-reviewed) versions of the article as well as postprint (peer-reviewed) articles. You may also publish the PDF file available from the publisher as long as you comply with certain conditions. If your article is published in French Studies, for instance, you may deposit a preprint version before it is accepted and a postprint version after a two-year embargo but not the publisher’s PDF file.

If you wish to deposit a book chapter or a monograph, please check your agreement with the publisher.

What is the difference between a group and a site?

Whether it is best for you to use a group or a site to share information on MLA Commons depends on your communication goals. If you would like to communicate with colleagues who are interested in a certain field or professional issue, you may want to start or join a group. Groups facilitate interaction between group members, since members can participate in discussions, collaborate on docs, and share files. Participation in groups is limited to MLA members. You can read more about groups in our ‘Creating a Group’ guide.

While groups offer a great way to connect with members on topics of interest, sites are by default open to the public and allow you to engage with a community beyond MLA members. Sites can be a helpful platform for crafting a professional presence online, circulating information, reaching a broader audience for your scholarship, and posting longer reflections to both members and nonmembers. Sites are covered in more detail in this guide.

How can I join a group?

There are three types of groups on the Commons: public groups, private groups, and hidden groups.

Public groups will appear in the directory of groups, and anyone can join by clicking Join Group on the group’s page. All content in public groups is visible, even to people who aren’t logged in to the site.

Private groups will also appear in the directory of groups, but membership may be restricted in different ways. To request to join a private group, click Request Membership on the group’s page. If the request is approved, you’ll be able to view the group’s content.

Hidden groups won’t appear in the directory of groups, and their content is viewable only by their members. New members must be invited to join by existing group members.

How do I create a group?

After you’ve logged in to the Commons, click on the Groups tab; then, select the Create a Group button next to the group directory. Enter a group name and group description. Then, click Create Group and Continue. This will lead you to steps where you can choose whether to enable discussion boards; select whether your group will be public, private, or hidden; determine the member roles in your group; create a group avatar; and invite members to join your group.

Creating a group is covered in more detail in this guide.