Submitting an Item

Already published?

  • Complete the easy online Seahawk DOCKS Submission Form to contribute scholarly work that is already published or in press.
  • You must create an account/log in to use the form. See the Quick Start Guide (PDF) for more information.
  • We will review the author's final manuscript or publisher version in any format, i.e. PDF, MS Word, or other word processing software.
  • We will examine the publisher's policy regarding self-archiving and get back to you.
  • You will be notified when your work is online in Seahawk DOCKS. Congratulations in advance!

Not yet published?

Need help?

Contact Adina Riggins (, University Archivist.

Content Criteria for NC DOCKS

  • Each work must be the intellectual property of a UNCW faculty member. (Exception - theses and dissertations will also be included in the IR.)
  • It must be complete and in final form.
  • It must be a scholarly, research, or educational work.
  • It must be made available for global access at no cost via the Web.
  • The author/creator of each work must grant to UNCW's Randall Library the non-exclusive right to preserve and distribute the work in perpetuity.
  • Contributions to UNCW IR are entirely voluntary; should the author later wish to remove any contribution, the Libraries will comply with the request.

Faculty Benefits from Archiving Works in the UNCW IR

  • Works are archived permanently, with a stable server and a URL that will never break.
  • Authors with works in Seahawk DOCKS enjoy a larger community of readers.
  • Researchers worldwide have continuous and perpetual access to publications in Seahawk DOCKS.
  • Although the UNCW 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 is a primary discovery tool for a vast number of researchers.
  • 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 and read by more scholars and cited more frequently.
  • For UNCW, Seahawk 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).

Visit the Scholarly Communications web site for more information on institutional repositories, open access, and related issues at UNCW.