CityLIS Repository on Humanities Commons


This CityLIS Reflections and Research post describes our collective repository project on Humanities Commons.


Many of you will already have noticed our CityLIS group on Humanities Commons.

Humanities Commons is a trusted, nonprofit network where humanities scholars can create a professional profile, discuss common interests, develop new publications, and share their work. The Humanities Commons network is open to anyone.

Humanities Commons is a project of the office of scholarly communication at the Modern Language Association. Its development was generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Humanities Commons is based on the open-source Commons-in-a-Box project of the City University of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center and is an expansion of the MLA’s MLA Commons, which launched in January 2013. The founding partner societies of Humanities Commons are the Association for Jewish Studies; the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and the College Art Association. Each society has its own Commons hub.

Humanities Commons was designed by scholarly societies in the humanities to serve the needs of humanists as they engage in teaching and research that benefit the larger community. Unlike other social and academic communities, Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit. It is focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users’ intellectual and personal data.

The network also features an open-access repository, the Commons Open Repository ExchangeCORE allows users to preserve their research and increase its reach by sharing it across disciplinary, institutional, and geographic boundaries. Developed in partnership with Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, CORE is underwritten by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities.

The Humanities Commons team at the Modern Language Association consists of:

Nicky Agate, project manager
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, project director
Leo Fulgencio, Web developer
Eric Knappe, technical lead
Ryan Williams, Web developer

Contact the team at

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The group on will enable us to share and promote our collective work, to discover other relevant research, resources and authors, and to keep in contact with each other. All students, staff, alumni, friends and honorary members are welcome to join us.

As part of our group identity, we are building a collection of our works on the Humanities Commons Core Repository. If you are staff, a student or alumni of CityLIS, please add your work to our collection.

*** All CityLIS PhD theses are welcome. We are also actively seeking electronic copies of CityLIS masters disserations that were awarded a mark of 60% or above (UK merit). Please do not include any grading or related comments when you post your work.

Our repository can also contain significant papers, blog posts, presentations, posters, and other media work, where licensing allows for open sharing.  ***

Adding your work is easy. Sign up to Humanities Commons, (email and password), then upload a .pdf of your work. Please remember to tag it with the group CityLIS. Consider also document type: for example, Dissertation for MA/MSc or Thesis for PhD.

The Humanities Commons is an open access resource, and hence free at the point of use for anyone wishing to search for and download documents. You only need to join (free!) if you wish to upload your work. You do not have to join the CityLIS group to tag your work with our CityLIS group tag, but we hope you will.

Humanities Commons adds to the growing number of open-access subject repositories. These sites, in addition to institutional repositories, provide open, legal access to research and related resources, to everyone who wishes to read the works, whether affiliated with an academic or research institution or not.


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What is open access? JISC, 31st March 2017.

CityLIS Onlife Lyn Robinson, 16th March 2017.

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About lyn

Dr Lyn Robinson is Reader in Library & Information Science, and Head of Department at City, University of London. She established and directs the Library School, and co-directs the Centre for Information Science alongside Prof David Bawden. Contact:
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