Frequently Asked Questions


Signing into Digital Commons


Submitting in Digital Commons


Reviewing in Digital Commons


Promoting Your Research in Digital Commons


Sponsoring Content in Digital Commons

I am unable to log into Digital Commons. Help!

The system could be denying you access for a variety of reasons. Consider the following:

  1. Have you confirmed your account via email? You should have received an email to confirm your account. It may be in your Spam folder. If you did not receive an email, contact support@dc.bepress.com
  2. Did you recently change your email? If you recently changed emails, you may need to login with your previous email address and edit your profile to change your email address.
  3. Do you have the correct password? Click on Forget your password and follow the instructions in the email you receive.
Is Digital Commons@Georgia Southern login connected to Georgia Southern’s login?

Digital Commons@Georgia Southern login is not connected to Georgia Southern’s login. However, you will want to use your Georgia Southern email address as your Digital Commons username if you are faculty trying to access your library-created SelectedWorks profile.

How do I know if my submission has been received?

You should see a confirmation screen and receive an email after successfully submitting in Digital Commons.

Submission forms will time out. If so, you may need to resubmit and copy/paste your answers.

Contact Ashley Lowery (alowery@georgiasouthern.edu) if you did not receive confirmation of your submission.

When I copy and paste abstracts into the Submit form, some formatted text reverts to plain text. What's going on?

The repository software supports the ISO 8859-1 character set (this includes the numbers 0-9, upper- and lower-case letters A-Z, and standard English punctuation). Although you may take advantage of the complete character set, we recommend you consider not using special characters as these may inhibit user searches, both on the web and on the site.

How do I include accents and special characters in the abstracts and titles?

Combine all the sections together as one Microsoft Word file or PDF file and submit that.

To make one PDF file from multiple files using Adobe Acrobat, open the first PDF file, then choose Document>Insert Pages from Acrobat's menus to insert the second file (indicate it should go after the last page of the first file), and repeat for all documents. The result will be one compound PDF file which may then be submitted.

If you feel that the one large PDF file might be too large for some people to download, we suggest that you submit the consolidated file as the full text of the article, and then upload the separate chapters or sections of the document as Additional Files. These files will appear on the web page alongside the complete document. For more information about uploading associated files, see below.

What type of files can you upload into Digital Commons?

You can upload a multitude of file types ranging from standard Word office files, PDFs, audio, video, and image files. Additionally, you can stream media from third-party services like YouTube or Vimeo on Digital Commons metadata pages.

How do I revise a submission?
  1. Click My Account.
  2. Login to your account.
  3. Click on the title you want to revise.
  4. SelectRevise presentationon the left-hand menu.
  5. Revise your submission then click Submit
Do I lose copyright when I submit works into Digital Commons@Georgia Southern?

No. Authors retain copyright in Digital Commons@Georgia Southern. Authors also have options to embargo, restrict to GSU domain, or attach a Creative Commons License to their submissions. Consult the Submission Agreement for more details on Digital Commons@Georgia Southern’s copyright policy.

Journals and conferences may have different copyright for their sites.

Why is the system denying me access when I try to login?

For reviewers, you must sign in with the email address you received the request to review email. 

If you are using the correct email address, the system could be denying you access for a variety of reasons. Consider the following:

  1. Have you confirmed your account via email? You should have received an email to confirm your account. It may be in your Spam folder. If you did not receive an email, contact support@dc.bepress.com
  2. Did you recently change your email? If you recently changed emails, you may need to login with your previous email address and edit your profile to change your email address.
  3. Do you have the correct password? Click on Forget your password and follow the instructions in the email you receive.
How do I obtain the proposal I am trying to review?

For journals, you should be able to view the article by clicking on the PDF button.

For conference, you can view the proposal information either in the email or on the initial review page where you see the Submit Review button. Conference proposals may not include a PDF file.

If you need help finding proposal information, contact Ashley Lowery (alowery@georgiasouthern.edu).

I keep receiving reminder emails even though I turned in my review. How can I stop the reminder emails?

You may not have finished the review. Many reviews are two part: a rubric in Google Docs and additional comments or confirmation that you finished the review in the Digital Commons system. You must submit both parts for the reminder emails to stop the reminder emails. For further questions, contact Ashley Lowery (alowery@georgiasouthern.edu).

How do I promote my research in Digital Commons?

If you would like to promote your research, consider requesting a SelectedWorks author profiles. This ensures your work to be promoted in several areas: SelectedWorks author profiles, Faculty Research and Publication Lists, and Office of Research and Economic Development’s Expertise Search. The more places your research is available, the more likely people will find and use your work.

How do I get a SelectedWorks and/or PlumX Metrics profile?

Fill out the form to have the Henderson Library create your SelectedWorks/PlumX profiles.

If you would like to create your own profile, go to http://works.bepress.com/ and click on the green START button. The information in your SelectedWorks profile will automatically be transferred to your PlumX profile.

I want a conference and/or journal site in Digital Commons. How do I get started?

Contact Ashley Lowery (alowery@georgiasouthern.edu) to request a conference and/or journal site. For more information, visit our page on Sponsoring Content.

As an administrator, how do I obtain information about all the submissions on my site?

When you are on the Manage Submissions site, click on Batch revise Excel. This will provide you the information submitted by the author. The Batch revise Excel does not include a submissions manuscript number or information on the last event. If you need this information, download the Administrator Report.

If you do not see these options on the Manage Submissions page, contact Ashley Lowery (alowery@georgiasouthern.edu)