Submitting an Item

Faculty Benefits from Archiving Works in the UNCP IR

  • Works are archived permanently, with a stable server and a URL that will never break.
  • Authors with works in NC DOCKS enjoy a larger community of readers.
  • Researchers worldwide have continuous and perpetual access to publications in NC DOCKS.
  • Although the UNCP IR has its own searching interface, most researchers will use an Internet search engine, such as Google, to discover works archived in the IR.
  • Google "crawls" IRs for new material, provides full-text keyword access, and gives preferential treatment to works in IRs.
  • Studies show that, across all disciplines, open-access articles, such as those in an IR, have greater research impact than traditional publications—open-access articles are discovered, read, and cited more frequently by scholars.
  • For UNCP, NC DOCKS is a great way of validating and showcasing the value of the university’s faculty to society outside the classroom (UNC Tomorrow, NC taxpayers, and more).

Submitting a Profile

To begin the process, submit an author profile. Once your profile is created you can begin to submit items to the repository. Please contact June Power at 910.521.6369 or for more details.

Submitting Content

  • Content Criteria for NC DOCKS (for more information visit
  • Each work must be the intellectual property of a UNCP faculty member. (Exception - theses, dissertations and honors college projects will also be included in the IR.)
  • It must be complete and in final form, pre/post prints preferred.
  • It must be a scholarly, research, or educational work completed while employed by UNCP.
  • It must be made available for global access at no cost via the Web.
  • The author/creator of each work must grant to the Mary Livermore Library the non-exclusive right to preserve and distribute the work in perpetuity. For works with multiple authors, all authors must grant rights to the Mary Livermore Library
  • While any format is acceptable, proprietary formats should be avoided when possible.
  • Each item must be under 500MBs.
  • A list of all works that they would like included in the IR. Library staff will research copyright status.
  • Authors will be asked to submit an abstract and a list of keywords for each item admitted to the IR. (Not all items submitted to the IR will be admitted due to copyright or other constraints)
  • Contributions to NC DOCKS are entirely voluntary; should the author later wish to remove any contribution, the Library will comply with the request.