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Schulich Law Scholars Digital Commons

Schulich Law Scholars is an open access institutional repository for gathering, indexing, storing, and making widely available the scholarly output of the Schulich Law community at Dalhousie University.

Who can submit to Schulich Law Scholars?

Members of the Schulich School of Law can contribute to the repository. This includes:

  • faculty
  • graduate (LLM, PhD) students
  • undergraduate (JD) students
  • university administrators

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Please contact the repository administrator if you would like to submit your work but are unsure of how to do so.

What can I submit?

Schulich Law Scholars accepts the following types of materials. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, however, and other forms of scholarship will be considered for inclusion.

Please contact Schulich Law Scholars administrators at if you have any questions or concerns.

Publications produced by Schulich Law faculty, students, and staff.

Possible examples may include:

  • Academic presentations and posters
  • Blogs/Editorials
  • Conference proceedings
  • Peer reviewed publications
  • Reports
  • Schulich Law produced publications (e.g. journals)
  • Theses, papers, projects and other forms of student research/scholarship
  • White papers

Academic events sponsored by the Law School, faculty members, or staff.

Possible examples may include:

  • Conferences
  • Special Lectures
  • Workshops

Open Educational Resources produced by Schulich Law faculty, students and staff and deemed appropriate.

Possible examples may include:

  • Data sets
  • Historical Records
  • Textbooks
  • Lectures
  • Syllabi

University records as deemed appropriate by the Schulich Law Scholars administrators.

Possible examples may include:

  • Annual reports
  • Committee/council meetings minutes
  • Departmental publications

Metadata records for research/scholarship that link to an openly accessible, full‐text version hosted on another site.

What about copyright, licenses, and fair dealing?

Copyright is a bundle of exclusive rights that adhere to an author when they fix a creative expression in a tangible medium (e.g. using a computer to write an article, record a performance on video, capture an image with a camera).

These rights include reproduction, distribution, display, performance and modification of the work. Unless your use of someone else's copyrighted work falls under a specific exemption, you must get permission before using the work.

You can find comprehensive resources through the Dalhousie Copyright Office.

Licenses grant users permissions. They can be for one specific use or negotiated collectively. Licenses sit on top of, rather than replace, copyright.

Creative Commons is a form of licensing that gives users permission to use a creator's work, under conditions of their choice. A work that is under copyright can also have a Creative Commons license.

A creator can apply a Creative Commons license to their copyrighted work. This lets others know that the creator is waiving some default copyright restrictions while requiring compliance with certain terms (such as attribution). Only the CC# license, which dedicates a work to the public domain, removes all terms attached to a work.

See Creative Commons for more information.



Fair Dealing permits the limited use of copyright protected material without the risk of infringement and without having to seek the permission of copyright owners, per section 29 of the Copyright Act of Canada. It is intended to provide a balance between the rights of creators and the rights of users.

Read more about Fair Dealing through the Dalhousie Copyright Office.

How do I revise a submission?

To revise a submission that has been posted to the repository, contact the repository administrator with the new version.

If the submission has been submitted, but not yet posted, you may revise it via your My Account page:

  1. Locate the article on your My Account page, and click the title.
  2. Click Revise Submission from the list of options in the left sidebar.
  3. Enter your changes in the Revise Submission form, and click Submit at the bottom of the page to submit your changes. (You only need to modify the portion of the form that corresponds to the changes you wish to make.)

I don't have electronic versions of old working papers that I'd like to include in the repository. Is it okay to scan the printed page to a PDF file?

Yes – scanning printed pages is a great way to create PDF files for inclusion in the repository.

There are two ways to scan a page: using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) or scanning the page as an image. Making OCR scans requires careful proofreading and loses the original formatting of the documents. Image scans cannot be searched. The best solution takes advantage of both of these methods. Many software applications allow for the OCR capture of image scans. When documents are scanned this way, users see the image scan but search the full-text of the document. This is the preferred method for scanning documents for the repository.

Can I post related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) alongside the published article?

Yes – the bepress system refers to these supplementary items as Associated Files.

You will be prompted to submit associated files when you upload your submissions. The name of the files you upload will appear on the web site along with your short description of it. Viewers must have the necessary software to open your files; that is not provided by the bepress system.

Please be sure that there are no permissions issues related to use of the associated material. Sometimes, especially with images, you must write a letter seeking permission to use the material before it can be posted. Also note that where possible, items such as images, charts and tables that are referenced in the document (or otherwise an integral part of the document) should be included directly in the article itself and not posted just as associated files.

How can I submit a multi-part file, such as multiple chapters for a book?

Combine all the sections together as one Microsoft Word file or PDF file and submit that.

To make one PDF file from multiple files, open the first PDF file, then choose Document>Insert Pages from Acrobat's menus to insert the second file (indicate it should go after the last page of the first file), and repeat for all documents. The result will be one compound PDF file which may then be submitted.

If you feel that the one large PDF file might be too large for some people to download, we suggest that you submit the consolidated file as the full text of the article, and then upload the separate chapters or sections of the document as Associated Files. These files will appear on the web page alongside the complete document. For more information about uploading associated files, see "Can I post related files..." below.

Can I post a reprint from a journal?

It depends on what the journal allows, which is usually specified in their agreement with the author.

If it would not violate copyright to post the reprint on your repository site, you're welcome to do so. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA RoMEO.

When I copy and paste abstracts into the Submit form, some formatted text reverts to plain text. What's going on?

When copying abstracts from a word processing file or a PDF file, and pasting the text into the submission form, you are taking text from an environment that supports fonts and text style changes. Because the abstract is intended to be presented on the web, text styles must be specified using HTML codes.

If submitting an abstract in HTML format, please be sure to select the corresponding option on the submission form.

The following HTML tags are recognized by the system and may be used to format an abstract (use lowercase tags):

  • <p> - paragraph
  • <br> - line break
  • <strong> - strong/bold
  • <em> - italics/emphasis
  • <sub> - subscript
  • <sup> - superscript

How do I include accents and special characters in the abstracts and titles?

The repository software supports the worldwide character set (Unicode, utf-8). Accents, symbols, and other special characters may be copied and pasted into the abstract or title field from a word processing file or typed in directly. Windows users may also use the Character Map to insert these characters. Macintosh users may use the Character Palette (available via Edit > Special Characters in the Finder).

A working paper in our repository site has been published in a slightly revised form in a journal. What should I do?

It depends – many journals do not have any restrictions on working papers that preceded an article, especially if substantial revisions were made.

You should check your author agreement with the journal to confirm that there is no problem with leaving the working paper on the site. The repository would constitute noncommercial use. Assuming the working paper is intended to remain posted in the repository, it is a good idea to include the citation to the published article on the cover page of the repository working paper. Please contact the repository administrator to request this change.

Who can I contact for help?