CORE Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about CORE. Should your question not be answered below or should you wish to provide general feedback, please feel free to e-mail us. We will respond as quickly as possible, and certainly within one working day.

Why should I deposit my work with CORE?
Depositing your work with a repository ensures that it is archived and attributed to you and makes it quickly and widely available to others.

Works deposited with CORE are automatically given a permanent identifier called a DOI. DOIs provide persistent, citable metadata for scholarly and creative works, including gray literature such as blog posts, syllabi, data sets, presentations, and video and audio files.

Since you can associate items you deposit with a special interest group on Humanities Commons, CORE offers the added advantage of sharing your work with an immediate audience of scholars in your field.

What kinds of items can I deposit with CORE?
The following item types can be deposited with CORE: abstract, article, bibliography, book, book chapter, catalog, chart, code or software, conference publication, course material or learning objects, data set, documentary, dissertation, essay, fictional work, finding aid, image, interview, map, music, performance, photograph, presentation, report, review, syllabus, technical report, thesis, translation, visual art.

Deposits should be finished work. CORE deposits are permanent and assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for long-term preservation and easy retrieval. Due to this, it is recommended that works in progress are not deposited in CORE because they are not editable once the 24 hour grace period for adjustment has passed.

What file types does CORE accept?
CORE accepts the following file types. Please note that if you are uploading a word processed document, PDF files are preferred for reasons of cross-platform compatibility and security.

  • Audio: .mp3, .ogg, .wav
  • Data: .csv, .ods, .sxc, .tsv, .xls, .xlsx
  • Image: .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .psd, .tiff
  • Mixed material or software: .gz, .rar, .tar, .zip
  • Text: .doc, .docx, .htm, .html, .odp, .odt, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .rdf, .rtf, .sxi, .sxw, .txt, .wpd, .xml
  • Video: .f4v, .flv, .mov, .mp4

Is there a maximum file size?
The maximum file size for a single item is 100MB. Need to upload something larger? Let us know.

How do I cite an item I find in CORE?
To cite an item not covered by the usual style guides, we recommend that you include the following information: author name(s), title, date of creation, version or edition (if any), permanent URL, DOI.

How do I make my work available for others to use?
Works deposited to CORE are covered by the Humanities Commons Terms of Service, which stipulate that users “may not copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, modify, sell or transfer, create derivative works from, or in any other way exploit any of the Site Content (including any programs, code, and software contained therein) in any manner, whether in whole or in part, unless authorized by us in writing in advance, except that if a user has made the content he or she posts to the Site available under the terms of a Creative Commons license, [they] may use that content in accordance with that license.”

If you are depositing an image, data set, or other item that you would like to make available to other scholars, we encourage you to grant such permission by way of a Creative Commons license. You have the option to attribute such a license to your work at the time of deposit.

How do I know if I can legally deposit an article I’ve published elsewhere?
Policies vary by publisher and journal. Look up the journal or publisher name in the SHERPA-RoMEO database to find out its policies covering archiving and deposit. For example, if your article was published in PMLA, you may deposit preprint versions of the article (ones that have not yet been peer reviewed) as well as postprint (peer-reviewed) articles. You may also publish the PDF available from the publisher as long as you comply with certain conditions. If your article is published in French Studies, you may archive a preprint version before it is accepted and a postprint version after a two-year embargo but not the publisher’s PDF.

If you wish to deposit a book chapter or a monograph, please check your agreement with the publisher.

How can I find items that have been shared with a Humanities Commons special interest group?
Go the forum’s page on the Commons and click on Deposits in the left-hand menu.

How do I share my deposit with multiple Humanities Commons groups?
If you are using a Mac, left click the first forum with which you want to associate your deposit, then hold down the COMMAND key and click on the other forums. If you are using a PC, click the first forum, hold down the CTRL key, and click each of the other forums with which you want to share your deposit.

Help! I made a mistake while entering information about my deposit. What can I do?
E-mail us! We’re working on an interface that will allow users to edit their deposits, but for now you can contact us with the DOI and the corrections you’d like made and we’ll fix it for you.

I’m intrigued, but I’m not ready to commit. Where can I find more information about CORE?
You can check out our SlideShare presentation, but if you still have questions, please do get in touch.