Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit my dissertation/project?

To submit your dissertation or project:

  1. Create a Digital Commons Account (See Question 2) or login to your Digital Commons Account.
  2. Make sure your Work is in an accessible format. We recommend PDF. Have an abstract description prepared (300 words maximum), and select a few keywords that describe the Work.>
  3. From the Digital Commons@Fuller homepage, click the “Submit Research” link within the “Author Corner” section.
  4. Select the name of the collection to which you will submit your Work. For example, if you are submitting a DMin project in English, click the "Doctor of Ministry Projects" link. To submit a Work for the Korean language DMin project collection, select "Korean Doctor of Ministry Projects / 한인 목회학 박사 졸업 논문".
  5. You will be shown a submission agreement and overview of the submission process. Check the box to agree to the terms and click Continue.
  6. In the form, enter the associated information for cataloging and upload the PDF document.
  7. Click the Submit button.
  8. Once the submission process is completed, you will be taken to a confirmation page with the option to revise or resubmit the file. Any submissions that have not be posted to the series, rejected, or withdrawn may be revised.

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How do I create a Digital Commons@Fuller account?

To create a Digital Commons@Fuller account:

  1. From the homepage, click the My Account link that appears in the navigation bar. If you are following a prompt in an email notification, simply click the link provided to access the login page.
  2. Click the Sign Up link on the login screen.
  3. Enter the requested information, including your preferred email address, first and last name, and password. If you are Fuller student or department, we recommend using your Fuller email address.
  4. Click Create Account.
  5. Click the confirmation link in the new account email. If you don’t receive an email, check your spam folder or contact for additional help.

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Do I need to create a Digital Commons@Fuller account?

A Digital Commons@Fuller account is needed for authors who are submitting their own works into the Digital Commons.

Anyone can create a Digital Commons account in order to save searches and use the Follow feature to stay up to date on authors, content, or institutions of interest.

A Digital Commons@Fuller account does not enable access to digital content under access control. Content under access control may only be accessed by users supplied with a Fuller ID. A Fuller ID is the official login information provided by the Seminary exclusively to Fuller students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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I created an account but the error message says I am still not authorized. How can I access the content?

Most content on the Digital Commons@Fuller should be available to view or download without a Digital Commons@Fuller account.

To honor institutional guidelines, copyright protections, and licensing agreements with external agencies, some materials are restricted to the Fuller community members and require a Fuller ID login to access content. A Fuller ID is provided by the Seminary exclusively to Fuller Seminary students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Note: Having a Digital Commons@Fuller account does not enable access to content requiring a Fuller ID login.

Some dissertations are available for purchase via ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.

If you attend a college or university, you may be granted access for free through your school library subscriptions. We encourage you to reach out to the school librarians for more information. Your local public library system may be able to assist with access as well.

If you are not affiliated with a college or university, the dissertations are available for individual purchase from the ProQuest Dissertation Express platform. Use this link to search and purchase a copy - Pricing information:

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I don't have electronic versions of old working papers that I'd like to include in the repository. Is it okay to scan the printed page to a PDF file?

Yes--scanning printed pages is a great way to create PDF files for inclusion in the repository. There are two ways to scan a page: using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) or scanning the page as an image. Making OCR scans requires careful proofreading and loses the original formatting of the documents. Image scans cannot be searched. The best solution takes advantage of both of these methods. Many software applications allow for the OCR capture of image scans. When documents are scanned this way, users see the image scan but search the full-text of the document. This is the preferred method for scanning documents for the repository.

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

When copying abstracts from a word processing file or a PDF file, and pasting the text into the submission form, you are taking text from an environment that supports fonts and text style changes. Because the abstract is intended to be presented on the web, text styles must be specified using HTML codes.

If submitting an abstract in HTML format, please be sure to select the corresponding option on the submission form.

The following HTML tags are recognized by the system and may be used to format an abstract (use lowercase tags):

How to include HTML tags

HTML tags
<p> - paragraph
<p>This is the first paragraph.</p>
<p>This is the second paragraph.</p>

This is the first paragraph.

This is the second paragraph.

<br /> - line break
<p>This is a line of text with a linebreak here. <br /> This is text after</p>

This is a line of text with a linebreak here.
This is text after

<strong> - strong/bold
<strong>bold text</strong>

bold text

<em> - italics/emphasis
<em>italicized text</em>

italicized text

<sub> - subscript
Text with <sub>subscript</sub>

Text with subscript

<sup> - superscript
Text with <sup>superscript</sup>

Text with superscript

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

The repository software supports the worldwide character set (Unicode, utf-8). Accents, symbols, and other special characters may be copied and pasted into the abstract or title field from a word processing file or typed in directly. Windows users may also use the Character Map to insert these characters. Macintosh users may use the Character Palette (available via Edit > Special Characters in the Finder).

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How do I revise a submission?

To revise a submission that has been posted to the repository, contact the repository administrator with the new version.

If the submission has been submitted, but not yet posted, you may revise it via your My Account page:

  1. Locate the article on your My Account page, and click the title.
  2. Click Revise Submission from the list of options in the left sidebar.
  3. Enter your changes in the Revise Submission form, and click Submit at the bottom of the page to submit your changes. (You only need to modify the portion of the form that corresponds to the changes you wish to make.)

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How can I submit a multi-part file, such as multiple chapters for a book?

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

To make one PDF file from multiple files, 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 Associated Files. These files will appear on the web page alongside the complete document. For more information about uploading associated files, see below.

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Can I post related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) alongside the published article?

Yes. The bepress system refers to these supplementary items as Associated Files. You will be prompted to submit Associated Files when you upload your submissions. The name of the files you upload will appear on the web site along with your short description of it. Viewers must have the necessary software to open your files; that is not provided by the bepress system.

Please be sure that there are no permissions issues related to use of the associated material. Sometimes, especially with images, you must write a letter seeking permission to use the material before it can be posted.

Also note that where possible, items such as images, charts and tables that are referenced in the document (or otherwise an integral part of the document) should be included directly in the article itself and not posted just as associated files.

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Can I post a reprint from a journal?

It depends on what the journal allows, which is usually specified in their agreement with the author. If it would not violate copyright to post the reprint on your repository site, you're welcome to do so. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA RoMEO.

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A working paper in our repository site has been published in a slightly revised form in a journal. What should I do?

Many journals do not have any restrictions on working papers that preceded an article, especially if substantial revisions were made. You should check your author agreement with the journal to confirm that there is no problem with leaving the working paper on the site. The repository would constitute noncommercial use.

Assuming the working paper does remain on posted in the repository, it is a good idea to include the citation to the published article on the cover page of the repository working paper. Please contact the repository administrator to request this change.

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Do I still own the copyright if I submit an electronic copy of my work to the Digital Commons?

Yes, authors who submit their work through the Digital Commons@Fuller retain their copyright ownership.

Submitting work to the Digital Commons grants Digital Commons@Fuller the non-exclusive worldwide right to reproduce, distribute, display, and transmit the work (in whole or in part) in such tangible and electronic formats as may be in existence now or developed in the future. Digital Commons@Fuller shall have the right to retain the electronic format of the submitted work for this purpose. The author retains all rights to publish and/or sell his or her manuscript by any means at any time except for reproduction of materials and projects produced and owned by Fuller Theological Seminary.

Authors submit materials warranting that they are the sole author of the work, that the work does not violate any right of privacy, that the work does not contain any matter that is libelous or obscene, that the work does not infringe upon any statutory or common law copyright, and that the author is legally empowered to enter into this agreement with the Digital Commons@Fuller.

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