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Depositing to the DukeSpace Repository

A guide to sharing scholarly works and student theses and dissertations openly at Duke University.


A quick reference for terms used with DukeSpace.

Institutional Repository - an archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.

Open Access - a set of principles and practices through which research outputs are distributed online, technological or cost barriers. Generally for the purpose of maximizing its accessibility, usage, and citation impact.

"Green" Open Access - the practice of sharing scholarly works openly in an institutional or disciplinary repository free of article processing charges, done by the author at their discretion and free of article processing charges.

Self-Archiving - the author of a scholarly work depositing a free copy of an electronic document online in order to provide open access to it.

Public Access - the term used by the U.S. Federal Government to refer to its requirement to provide free and open access to all research outputs produced by researchers funded by federal agencies. See the 2022 Memorandum on Public Access to Research from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Depositing work to DukeSpace does not necessarily meet the requirements for federal public access.

About DukeSpace

DukeSpace is an online, open-access repository for works authored by Duke faculty, staff, and students. This guide describes the processes for depositing each category of work into DukeSpace. All submissions must be made by a Duke-affiliated author.

What type of works can you add to DukeSpace?

What types of work are out of scope for DukeSpace?

  • Works that must remain permanently restricted or require customized access settings
  • Works to which authors do not own copyright
  • Research data
    • Please note: Supplementary files may be included with deposits, but DukeSpace cannot accommodate deposits with large numbers of files or complex file arrangements. Researchers seeking to deposit datasets should refer to the Duke Research Data Repository.  

How to Deposit

Benefits of sharing your work in DukeSpace


  • Make your work more visible

Open access to your research and scholarship enables more people to find and read it, removing technological and cost barriers (such as database subscriptions). Your work in DukeSpace is visible to anyone with an internet connection and is indexed by Google Scholar and other search engines. By sharing it in DukeSpace, you can increase its overall reach, impact, and citation.


  • Assign a permanent link

DukeSpace provides each item with a persistent and stable handle link, making it easy to find and cite. You can put handle links on your personal websites, CVs, and professional profiles.

Note: The handle is different from the link that appears in your browser's address bar, so when sharing or citing a resource, be sure to use the stable handle listed as the permanent link.


  • Preserve your work

DukeSpace is maintained by the Duke University Libraries. Unlike websites or repositories run by private companies, DukeSpace is part of the university infrastructure and is highly stable as a hosting platform for your work. DUL is committed to the long-term preservation and discoverability of Duke scholarship in DukeSpace.  For more information about digital preservation at Duke, visit the Digital Preservation Guide.