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How to get your work into Summit

How do I put material in Summit?

 If you want to put material in Summit, two options are available to you:


1. Use the Summit Deposit Form to have your material uploaded to Summit by Library staff. Fill out the form and attach the document/manuscript or other material you wish to deposit. The Library will manage any embargo periods required by your publisher. Public access to the material will be enabled at the end of the embargo period. The brief video guide How to deposit your research in Summit walks users through filling out the deposit form. Contact with any questions.


2. Or you may upload it yourself by requesting to become a registered user. See here for information on becoming a registered user, how to upload material, and the special circumstances allowing you to submit if you are not a member of SFU. Please email to become a registered user. 


What kind of material can I submit?

Summit is Simon Fraser University’s Open Access Repository containing SFU theses, research reports, journal articles, digital images, book chapters and more. Choose Summit when you want to deposit content that is:

  1. Accessible to everyone
  2. The end product of your research

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.


Please contact for more information on submissions.


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.