How to get your work into Summit

Please login if you are already registered as a user with Summit. You need to be registered as a user with Summit in order to upload your material to Summit.


After logging in click on "submit my work" under your username in the left hand column of the screen.


The uploading screen provides instructions on what to enter in the different fields that will populate the record for the item you are uploading. As well, here is a PDF document that provides further instructions on filling in the record and uploading your item.


What if I'm not registered?

If you are not registered with Summit, and you are a SFU faculty, graduate student or staff producing scholarly work and would like to make your research available to a wide audience via Summit, please send an email to for more information on how your material can be added to Summit.


What kind of material can I submit?

Summit can accommodate many genres (learning objects, documents, datasets, images) and formats (text, audio, video, images). As the purpose of Summit is to make SFU produced scholarly work available to the world, items submitted to Summit should either be authored by people with an affiliation to SFU or be strongly related to the research and/or teaching mission of the university.

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. You can also include supplementary material along with your work as Summit allows multiple files to be uploaded and attached to a single record.

As well, if you have supplementary data that you want to make available in a long term, secure environment, you can deposit it in Summit.

Please contact for more information on submissions.


What if I am not a member of SFU?

If you are not a member of SFU, you may still deposit material in Summit under certain conditions. If you have published a paper, or are publishing a paper, that comes with a funder mandate to make the research open access via a repository, the SFU Library can assist you. You may deposit your work in Summit to meet funder (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CHIR, NIH etc.) requirements if your institution or organization does not have its own institutional repository.

Please send an email to with the title of your paper, the funding agency name and either a copy of the funding agency's mandate instructions, or a link to this information on the funding agency's website.

We will send you a Summit non-exclusive license to sign, and you can then email back a signed copy of the license along with the document you wish to deposit in Summit. The SFU Library will put your material in Summit and contact you when your material is available.

Please note that if your institution implements a repository in the future, SFU will, at your direction, facilitate the transfer of your material to your institution's repository.


Organization of Summit

The repository content is organized around collections, which will typically correspond to SFU academic units such as faculties, departments, labs, research centres or other groups or an individual. Within each collection there can be an unlimited number of items and sub-collections. This organization gives Summit the flexibility to accommodate differing needs of different units on campus and even allows a unit to set policies, if they wish, for their collection around issues such as who contributes content; is there a need for a review process for material; and how the collection will be administered.


Non-exclusive License

Everyone who submits work to Summit for the first time will need to sign a non-exclusive license and return it to the Library. By signing the license the author does only two things - they guarantee that they have the rights to deposit the work in Summit, and they give the SFU Library permission to migrate the work to newer formats as they develop for purposes of preservation. All rights to the work remain with the author.

The license is at the bottom of this page as a pdf file.