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.