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Jefferson Digital Commons

Why should I submit my work to the Jefferson Digital Commons?

Publishing work in the Jefferson Digital Commons increases the reach and impact of your work. Not only will your work be findable through the JDC, it will also show up in major search engines like Google, Google Scholar, and Bing. Curious who might access your work? See what real users have said about the JDC.


You'll be supporting open access. Often when you publish an article it gets put behind a paywall, limiting the number of people who can access it. By including your articles in the JDC they will be freely available to anyone, and multiple studies have shown that when articles are made freely available online they see increased citations and article use.


Publishing your work in the JDC also gives you access to a rich set of metrics:

  • Author Dashboard - Every month you'll receive an email update for all of your posted works in the JDC. The summary gives you information about download counts as well as where your downloads are coming from.


  • PlumX Metrics - Once your work is posted to the JDC you can use also use its PlumX Metrics integration to track citations, downloads and views, media mentions, captures, and social media likes, shares, and comments.



You'll have full control over your work. You can update new versions of your work, add supplemental files, and edit outdated information - all while maintaining the same permanent URL (which also looks great on your CV).


Lastly, did we mention it's free? The JDC is a service of the Academic Commons, which means its open to all Jeffersonians at no cost.