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What is Summit?

Summit is the Simon Fraser University research repository. It is in place to bring together the scholarship of SFU researchers and was developed as a part of a broader open access strategy, recognizing that faculty and researchers wish to share their work with the largest possible audience that they can. Examples of scholarship that are deposited in Summit include article preprints or final refereed manuscripts (the author's version of the article, not the publisher's published version); research reports; book chapters; images of artwork; conference presentations; video; theses.

Benefits of Summit

The brief video Introduction to Summit provides an overview of many of the following benefits.


The Library does most of the work for you and removes any obligation you have to maintain materials on your own over time.


Summit provides a long term, stable home for your material and centralized web based access to, and preservation of, selected SFU scholarly output.


Each record in Summit has a permanent URL so you will be able to provide a stable and durable link to your work. Once your work has been deposited and a Summit record created for it, the Library will maintain its URL at (where "itemID" is the number Summit has assigned to it). Links to theses and dissertations also take the form, where "etdID" is the number assigned to the thesis when its author submits it to the Library for auditing and publication, for example "etd3047."


Summit can accommodate many genres (learning objects, documents, datasets, images) and formats (text, audio, video, images).


Usage statistics: you can see how often your material is being accessed and from where in the world people are accessing it by using the usage statistics feature at the bottom of the record in Summit.


Summit is built around research and academic "collections" (such as authors, departments, labs, research centres and institutes).


Authors retain copyright, while also choosing what materials are made available through Summit.


Your material is made available free to all the world as open access material.

Find Out More About Summit

To find out more about Summit, including how to have your material added to Summit and to register for adding material to Summit, please email

Technical Information about Summit

Further technical information regarding Summit's indexing in Google Scholar, OAI-PMH metadata harvesting, and feeds is available.