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ScholarWorks@UMBC, a part of MD


  • You can submit files < 2 gigabytes via the submission form.
  • Files > 2 gigabytes in size can be zipped and submitted via the form, or you can e-mail, and library staff will upload your large files for you.
  • For a full list of materials appropriate for the repository, see What can be submitted to ScholarWorks?.
  • ScholarWorks@UMBC allows you to link to files that are available for free on the web, or to post the files themselves. See Submit Links, Files, or Both?
  • In order to maximize accessibility and ensure long term preservation, you should use non-proprietary file formats. For a list of non-proprietary formats appropriate for various file types, see Non-Proprietary File Formats.
  • Depending on the nature or volume of your materials, the Library may recommend that you find another place to store your material, and only provide a link to it in the repository, or decline your submission entirely.

Your Account and Submission Privileges

  • Set up your ScholarWorks@UMBC account
  • You should receive an email verifying your submission privileges within 1-2 days
    • If you do not receive the verification message, send an email to and provide your ScholarWorks@UMBC username and a list of the collections to which you want to submit materials.

Submission Steps

  1. Go to ScholarWorks@UMBC:
  2. Click Login in the upper right corner (under My Account) and log in to your account.
  3. Click on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) link (under Institutions in MD-SOAR).
  4. Click Submissions in the upper right corner (under My Account).
  5. Click start a new submission (under Submissions).
  6. Select a Collection in the dropdown menu.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Fill in as much information as possible. Make sure to fill in the required fields (marked with *).
    • If you fill in a box with an add button next to it, be sure to click the add button after you enter information in the box.
    • At the end of the page, click Next. This will take you to the second "Describe" tab.
  9. Fill out as much information as possible on the second page and click Next.
  10. Now you are on the Upload page.
    • Make sure you have the right to post a file, as this is governed by copyright law. See Do you have rights?
  11. Review the information and if it is correct, click Next.
  12. Choose a license from the dropdown menu.
    • Make sure you understand Creative Commons licenses— they are irrevocable! More information:
    • If you choose "No Creative Commons license," you retain the copyright in full, and only give UMBC the right to distribute through ScholarWorks.

Advice and Assistance

We can provide advice and assistance at any stage.  Contact us at

If you would like to submit a complex research study with multiple data files and supporting documents, we can help you prepare your materials and organize your submission. E-mail