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A guide to DigitalCommons@IMSA and the IMSA Faculty & Staff Expert Gallery

Students' Works

Student work is welcome!

This includes Articles, Conference Papers/Presentations, Distinguished Student Work, Exemplary Classroom Work, Independent Study, Service Projects, etc.

All student work must go through a department; non-department approved submissions will not be accepted. Students are encouraged to contact their advisor/instructor if they wish to include work in DigitalCommons.

Student Publications & Research contains the only student work that is automatically included in DigitalCommons@IMSA after copyright permission has been secured for published works.

Guidelines for Student Work in DigitalCommons@IMSA

Submission of student work:

Student work deemed outstanding by the faculty/staff within the academic or sponsoring department can be shared through DigitalCommons@IMSA. This includes, but is not limited to: research work presented at the annual IMSAloquium and Student Leadership Exchange (SLX) conferences, work published in peer-reviewed journals, work distinguished in competitions, and outstanding, innovative, and creative work. Most file formats are acceptable.

Benefits of contributing student work to DigitalCommons@IMSA:

  • Highlighting exceptional student achievement

  • Long-term access to and preservation of student work

  • Preservation and accessibility of audio and video materials that showcases key performances

  • Sharing of research with the broader community

  • Increased visibility and usage of materials through Google and other search engines

  • Approved student work is available for importing into Student Portfolios

Reasons for not accepting items into DigitalCommons@IMSA may include:

  • The item is not able to be deposited because of copyright issues. If an item cannot be deposited, we suggest adding an abstract with contact information to increase visibility of the resource.

  • The item (or set of items) is of a prohibitive size (as in terabytes). For example, some sets of research data may not be accepted because of their size.

Contact for more information.

Step 1: Creating an Account

  1. Go to "My Account" in DigitalCommons@IMSA
  2. Click the "Sign up" button
  3. Under Create Account:
  • Enter a valid e-mail address
  • First name and last name
  • Create a password and confirm
  • Click the reCAPTCHA tick box


Step 2: How to Login


  1. Go to "My Account" in DigitalCommons@IMSA
  2. Enter your e-mail and password
  3. Click the reCAPTCHA tick box and respond to the reCAPTCHA request, as appropriate

Contact for more information.

Scope of Student Work

Types of student work in DigitalCommons@IMSA include, but are not limited to:

  • Conference papers/posters/presentations
  • Published articles
  • Independent Study
  • Distinguished Student Work
  • Exemplary Student Work (classroom papers/projects that surpass expectation)
  • Intern Reports
  • Working papers / Technical papers
  • Creative works (art, music, photography, and mixed media)
  • Unpublished scholarly and creative works
  • Unpublished studies, interviews, and technical reports
  • Digital-born files
  • Scanned electronic files

Examples of student work in DigitalCommons@IMSA:

Student Publications & Research

IMSA research/presentation:

Distinguished student work:

Exemplary classroom work:

Juried awards, exhibits, and events:

Photography and poster design:

Original music and video: