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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I deposit my work with George Eliot Scholars?

Depositing your work with a repository ensures that it is archived and attributed to you and makes it quickly and widely available to others who are interested in your topic of research. Open up your work for review and discussion, and learn from others on the same research journey of discovery.

We scholars often conduct research at academic institutions funded by taxpayers yet publish behind paywalls that don't allow those who paid for the work to read it. Publishers charge insane amounts for subscriptions to digital journals and public institutions have to pay whatever is charged. We believe in the democratization of research, in the sharing of knowledge by those who create it to everyone who is seeking it.

George Eliot Scholars connects your work with others in your field who are eager to read it.

What kind of works can be deposited to George Eliot Scholars?

Although the majority of our documents are peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews, we also accept "gray literature"  such as blog posts, syllabi, conference papers, data sets, presentations, and video and audio files. The following items can be deposited: abstracts, articles, bibliographies, books, book chapters, catalogs, charts, codes or software, conference publications, course materials or learning objects, data sets, documentaries, dissertations, essays, fictional works, finding aids, images, interviews, maps, music, performances, photographs, presentations, reports, reviews, syllabi, technical reports, theses, translations, visual art.

What file types can George Eliot Scholars accept? 

George Eliot Scholars accepts the following file types:

Audio: .mp3

Data: .csv, .xls, .xlsx

Image: .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .tiff

Text or mixed media: .doc, .docx, .htm, .html, .pdf, .pps, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .txt, .xml

Video: .mp4

Please note that if you are uploading a word-processed document, PDF files are preferred for reasons of cross-platform compatibility and security.

How do I cite an item I find in George Eliot Scholars?

To cite an item not covered by the usual style guides, we recommend that you include the following information: author name(s), title, date of creation, with the edition, George Eliot Scholars, edited by Beverley Park Rilett, and the permanent URL,

How do I make my work available for others to use?

Works deposited in George Eliot Scholars are covered by our Terms and Conditions, which stipulate that members may not use your content without your specific consent or unless you share it under a Creative Commons license.

If you are depositing an image, data set, or other items that you would like to make available to other scholars, we encourage you to grant such permission by way of a Creative Commons license. You have the option to attribute such a license to your work at the time of deposit.

How do I know if I can legally deposit an article I’ve published elsewhere?

Policies vary by publisher and journal. Look up the journal or publisher by name in the SHERPA-RoMEO database to find out its policies covering archiving. For example, if your article was published in PMLA, you may deposit preprint (not yet peer-reviewed) versions of the article as well as postprint (peer-reviewed) articles. You may also publish the PDF file available from the publisher as long as you comply with certain conditions. If your article is published in French Studies, for instance, you may deposit a preprint version before it is accepted and a postprint version after a two-year embargo but not the publisher’s PDF file. If you wish to deposit a book chapter or a monograph, please check your agreement with the publisher.

Help! I made a mistake while entering information about my deposit. What can I do?

Email us, at or We’re working out some issues with our current interface but for now, you can simply contact us with the corrections and we will update your information. 

I’m intrigued, but have reservations. If I change my mind, can I remove something I have uploaded to George Eliot Scholars?

Although we discourage the withdrawal of items from George Eliot Scholars, we will remove documents within thirty days of confirming a withdrawal request. If you have published a version of the work elsewhere and wish to point to that version in the Notes field of your deposit, please let us know. If we remove an item at the author’s request, we will add a note to the record of the item explaining why it is no longer available.

Where can I find more information about the George Eliot Archive, the George Eliot Review, or the George Eliot Scholars?

Please see our History of the Project on each website:

If you still have questions, please get in touch with the project's editor and inaugural director, Dr. Beverley Park Rilett,

*These frequently asked questions have been adapted from those of the MLA's CORE Humanities Commons (