Frequently Asked Questions


What is the University of Minnesota Law School Scholarship Repository?

The University of Minnesota Law School Scholarship Repository provides open access to the scholarship of the University of Minnesota Law School. This repository is a service of the University of Minnesota Law Library.

The Repository’s Faculty Scholarship collection contains journal articles created by University of Minnesota Law School faculty members during their tenure with the Law School. Content in the collection begins with the work of those on the Law School faculty in fall 2014.

It is anticipated that the repository will eventually include book chapters, briefs, working papers, and other forms of print scholarship.

Scholarly materials included in the Repository are indexed and optimized for search engine discoverability, and have a persistent web link that will remain constant. The materials are freely accessible and the author retains copyright.

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What platform does the University of Minnesota Law School Scholarship Repository use?

The Repository uses the Digital Commons platform created by bepress. The vast majority of law school repositories in the United States use Digital Commons as their platform. All of the individual school repositories combine to form the Law Commons (http://network.bepress.com/law/) and can be searched together or browsed together by subject.

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Who can submit materials to the University of Minnesota Law School Scholarship Repository?

During this phase of the Repository, submission of materials is limited to University of Minnesota Law School faculty and staff holding faculty-like appointments as defined in the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy:Copyright.

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Copyright Guidelines for Authors

To include a work in the Repository you need to: hold the copyright; or have reserved your rights to publicly post the work in an institutional repository; or have specific permission from the publisher to post the work.

Some publishers allow institutional repository deposit of published works as a matter of course, sometimes with an embargo period. Others may restrict deposit in an institutional repository to “post print” versions, which refer to the article after acceptance and review but prior to final formatting for publication. Publication agreements with student-edited law school journals often include a reservation of rights to post. If not, most student-edited journals routinely give this permission if requested.

Although materials in the Repository are freely available, open access does not mean loss of copyright: All materials in the Repository retain copyright privileges. The use of the material is subject to the terms and conditions noted in the publication agreement signed between the author and publisher.

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How do I submit content to the University of Minnesota Law Scholarship Repository?

To add content to the Repository, please email Connie Lenz at lenzx009@umn.edu. You will need to provide:

  • A copy of the scholarly work in Word or pdf format
  • The citation for the published work
  • An abstract
  • Your confirmation that you have retained the rights necessary to post the work publicly or an indication that the Library will need to request permissions on your behalf.

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How is a submission revised or removed?

To revise or remove a submitted article, paper, or abstract, or to make other changes, please email Connie Lenz at lenzx009@umn.edu.

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What file formats are acceptable?

The Repository will at first include pdf works, but eventually will also include video, photographs, and other materials. If you have a question about your own content and whether it is a good fit for our repository, contact Connie Lenz at lenzx009@umn.edu

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Will I be able to post related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) with repository materials?

Related files may be posted along with your scholarly work. Please be sure that there are no permissions issues related to use of the associated material. Sometimes, espeically with images, you must write a letter seeking permission to use the material before it can be posted.

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Why are some of my publications not available in the Repository?

The most common reasons for works to not be available in the Repository are that they have not been cleared for copyright permission, or they were published prior to the time the author joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty. Other works may be in the process of being scanned for the Repository. If you have any questions, please contact Connie Lenz at lenzx009@umn.edu.

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I still have a question. Whom do I contact for more information?

Contact Scott Uhl at uhlx0003@umn.edu or 612-625-0793 with any questions.

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