Frequently Asked Questions

General questions:

Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository questions:

SelectedWorks questions:

Additional questions?

Contact Joe Cera with any questions or concerns.


The advantages of repositories for researchers

Researchers have access to scholarly works available in the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository. Access is free and the repository provides a stable URL for reference. Researchers around the world can locate and access these materials more easily due to indexing and search engine optimization.

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The difference between searching 'in this repository' vs. 'across all repositories'

Searches in the repository can be limited to the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository by choosing 'in this repository' from the drop down box below the search box. Selecting 'across all repositories' in the drop down box will search the repositories of all institutions and universities that use Digital Commons from bepress.

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Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository

Inclusion in the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository is advantageous.

Scholarly materials included in the repository have a persistent web link that will remain constant. The repository materials are indexed and optimized for search engine discoverability. Materials are freely accessible and the author retains copyright.

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Additional 'metadata' for items in the repository is important for discoverability.

Metadata such as title, author, abstract, and other information adds more discoverability to materials since search engines can access this additional information to retrieve the material from searches.

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Submission of materials to the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository is limited.

During this phase of the repository, submission of materials is limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty.

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Materials included in the repository can be withdrawn under special circumstances.

The Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository is intended to be a permanent repository for the scholarly output of Berkeley Law. Contributors may make a request for materials to be withdrawn for special cases including concerns over copyright infringement. The link to the material will remain leading to a page noting that the material has been withdrawn.

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Free does not mean loss of copyright.

All materials in the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository retain copyright privileges. Access is free but the use of the materials is still subject to the terms and conditions noted in the copyright publication agreement or license agreement signed between the author and the publisher.

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The Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository is currently collecting the following materials:

Published and unpublished materials including articles, books, and other materials. Items that do not fit into the repository collections are great candidates to be added to SelectedWorks pages.

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Revise a submission.

To revise a submission that has already been posted in the repository, contact Joe Cera with the new version or corrected information.

If the material has been submitted but not posted, it may be revised via the 'My Account' page following these steps:

  1. Locate the article on your My Account page and click the title.
  2. Click 'Revise Submission' from the list of options on the left sidebar.
  3. Enter your changes in the 'Revise Submission' form and click 'Submit' at the bottom of the page.

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Acceptable file formats

Submissions in PDF of textual works are encouraged. The repository will also accept other formats but preservation cannot be guaranteed. Many audio, video, and image file formats will be accepted in the future.

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Accepted authors are encouraged to submit their own work to the repository.

Authors are able to submit their own work to the repository once they have been approved as Berkeley Law affiliated and have the appropriate permissions on their account. Please contact Joe Cera for information on how to get started.

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Posting related files (sound clips, data sets, etc.) with an article submission.

When an author uploads a submission, there will be a prompt to add 'Associated Files.' These files would include any supplementary materials that an author would like to be included alongside the submission. File names along will appear on the website and include short descriptions that were added during the upload process. Please note that viewers must have the necessary software in order to view these associated files.

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Formatting will typically disappear when copying from one source and pasting into a submission form.

The submission form currently requires some use of HTML coding in order to add formatting. The libary would be happy to assist in any problems that arise from this requirement. The HTML tags that are recognized include <p>, <br>, <strong>, and <em>. Please contact Joe Cera for information or assistance with formatting.

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Keyboard codes to include accents and special characters

Windows users - to enter these characters into the submission form requires pressing the 'Alt' key plus a four digit number using the numeric keypad with 'Num Lock' on.

  • Alt + 0224 = à
  • Alt + 0225 = á
  • Alt + 0232 = è
  • Alt + 0233 = é
  • Alt + 0200 = È
  • Alt + 0242 = ò
  • Alt + 0243 = ó
  • Alt + 0241 = ñ

Mac users

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Usage reports and other statistics

Basic statistics are available on the home page of the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository. Authors with SelectedWorks pages will receive periodic statistical reports for items that are included on the SelectedWorks page even if that item was collected from outside the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository. Comprehensive reports are available for groups, including members of law journals that have administrative rights in the repository.

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Alerts for new additions to the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository

Users are able to subscribe to collections by email or RSS feed. These alerts will provide notification to subscribers when new content is added to the subscribed collection.

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The scholarship remains in the repository if a scholar is no longer affiliated with Berkeley Law.

Scholarship will not be removed from the repository if a scholar is no longer affiliated with Berkeley Law. SelectedWorks pages will move with a scholar if there is an institution change. This is done simply by changing the institutional affiliation field on the SelectedWorks profile.

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SelectedWorks is a personal scholarship page.

SelectedWorks is an add-on to the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository. It provides authors affiliated with Berkeley Law to create and manage personal scholarship pages. Work posted in the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository and other Bepress repositories can be collected into an author's SelectedWorks page, saving time and maintaining consistent statistics.

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SelectedWorks is different than the Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository

SelectedWorks is an online space for faculty to manage their own personal collections of their scholarly work. The Berkeley Law Scholarship Repository is managed by the Berkeley Law Library and promotes the collective scholarly work generated by specific authors associated with Berkeley Law.

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Creating a SelectedWorks page:

Authors can create their own SelectedWorks page at and include Berkeley Law as the affiliated institution. The libary will be notified of the SelectedWorks page creation and the page will be included in the SelectedWorks Gallery, if inclusion is appropriate according to our guidelines.

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Authors do not need to list Berkeley Law as their affiliation in order to create a SelectedWorks page.

Anyone can create a SelectedWorks page. If an author lists Berkeley Law as their institution and they are approved for inclusion, the branding will change to match the determined Berkeley Law SelectedWorks pages. Unapproved authors are still able to maintain a SelectedWorks page without the Berkeley Law branding.

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