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Ed.D. Dissertation Guide: Archiving - SOAR@SU

What is SOAR@SU?

SOAR@SU is the SU Libraries' open access repository for scholarly, professional, and creative works and data.

SOAR@SU is part of the larger MD-SOAR project, currently funded by the USMAI Library Consortium


Top reasons to submit your dissertation to SOAR@SU

Submitting your dissertation to SOAR@SU will:

  • make your scholarship freely available to researchers worldwide
  • increase the visibility and impact of your research
  • provide persistent access to your work (no more dead links!)
  • preserve your work for long-term access (even when technology changes!)
  • jump start your publishing career
  • help support open access to scholarship

For more information about SOAR@SU,
visit the SOAR@SU research guide.

Mediated deposit to SOAR@SU

The SOAR@SU team can deposit your dissertation to SOAR@SU on your behalf. You will need to:

  • Review and sign the SOAR@SU Distribution License to indicate your consent to its terms

SOAR@SU and copyright

The SOAR@SU team:

  • checks all submissions for copyright
  • helps locate copyright holders and request permission to use copyrighted materials when necessary
  • consults  you on copyright issues, author’s rights, Creative Commons licensing options, and publisher self-archiving policies

Self-depositing your dissertation to SOAR@SU

Step 1: Register an account

    1. Go to MD-SOAR and click on the login button on the upper right hand side
    2. Select "Click Here to register"
    3. Enter your email address (you will receive an email from MD-SOAR asking you to complete your registration). It is recommended to use your SU email address
    4. Follow the link in the email from MD-SOAR to complete your registration
    5. Contact the MD-SOAR team (contact information below) to let them know that you are planning to submit a dissertation. This information is not included with the registration, and the team needs it to know to add you as a submitter to the dissertation collection
      Note: Once the MDSOAR team adds you as a submitter (usually within a few hours after you contact them), you will be able to submit your dissertation
       to the SOAR@SU collection designated for SU dissertations.

Step 2: Submit your dissertation to SOAR@SU

    1. Go to MD-SOAR and click on the login button on the upper right hand side 
    2. Enter your email address and password to log in
    3. From the list of institutions, select Salisbury University
    4. Select the collection "SU Dissertations"
    5. Select "Submit a new item to this collection"
    6. Enter the information about your dissertation 
    7. Upload your file
    8. License your dissertation (e.g., select the license type from the drop-down menu, e.g. a Creative Common license) (optional)
    9. Submit the SOAR@SU Distribution license, agreeing to grant SOAR@SU a non-exclusive right to reproduce, publicly display, and distribute your dissertation at no cost to users world-wide

Step 3: Receive confirmation

After the SOAR@SU team reviews your submission, you will receive a confirmation email that your dissertation has been added to the collection.

If you need assistance, contact Jennifer Martin at or 410-543-6135 or Ian Post at or 410-677-0020.
Visit for more information.

SOAR@SU and embargo options

If you want to delay access to your dissertation for a specified period of time (e.g., 12 months or 24 months), the SOAR@SU team will set up an embargo for your work  and make it available to the public only after the specified period of time has elapsed.