Mission Statement

CU Scholar is a digital repository supporting the research and teaching mission of the University of Colorado Boulder. It is intended to serve as a platform for preserving the research activities of members of the CU-Boulder community, and for promoting that research to the general public. CU Scholar is maintained by the University Libraries as a service to the community of scholars worldwide.

Access Policy

CU Scholar is intended as a resource for open access research, and material submitted will, in general, be made available to the public freely and without barrier. Some content may have limited access due to an embargo period, copyright or licensing, or other issues.

Content Policy

CU Scholar is an institutional repository. Its content must reflect the intellectual environment of the campus and support the academic mission of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Content in CU Scholar is restricted to works that fall within the broad scope of research, scholarship, and creative work being conducted at the University.

Examples include:

  1. working papers and technical reports
  2. published scholarly research articles
  3. completed manuscripts
  4. Digital Art, multimedia, and audio-visual materials
  5. Conference papers and proceedings
  6. Theses and dissertations
  7. Undergraduate Honors theses
  8. Journals published on campus
  9. Faculty course-related output primarily of scholarly interest
  10. Data sets

Submission Policy

Current CU-Boulder faculty, staff, or students (or their designated agents) may only submit work which they have authored or co-authored. Departments and other administrative units of the campus may also submit qualifying content. Alumni and others closely affiliated with the university may request permission from the University Libraries to submit materials. Eligible depositors must deposit full texts of their publication, although they may delay making the publication publicly visible to comply with publishers' embargos.

Individuals submitting materials to the repository must have a legal right to submit the material. Any intellectual property rights violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors. The sole remedy for proven violations will be removal of the relevant item from CU Scholar.

Submissions must not contain any confidential information, proprietary information of others, or export controlled information.

The administrator only vets items for the eligibility of authors/depositors, relevance to the scope of CU Scholar, valid layout & format, and the exclusion of spam. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.

Metadata Policy

  1. Anyone may access the metadata free of charge.
  2. The metadata may be re-used in any medium without prior permission for not-for-profit purposes and re-sold commercially provided:
    • the link to the original metadata record is given, and
    • CU Scholar is mentioned

Data Policy

Access to some or all full items is controlled. Single copies of full items can be reproduced, and displayed or performed for personal research or study, educational, or not-for-profit purposes without prior permission or charge provided:

  1. the authors, title and full bibliographic details are given
  2. a hyperlink and/or URL are given for the original metadata page
  3. the content is not changed in any way

Full items must not be harvested by robots except transiently for full-text indexing or citation analysis.

Full items must not be sold commercially in any format or medium without formal permission of the copyright holders.

Some full items are individually tagged with different rights permissions and conditions.

This repository is not the publisher; it is merely the online archive.

Preservation Policy

Items will be retained indefinitely. CU Scholar will try to ensure continued readability and accessibility, but it may not be possible to guarantee the readability of some unusual file formats.

Items may not normally be removed from CU Scholar. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:

  1. Journal publishers' rules
  2. Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
  3. Legal requirements and proven violations
  4. National Security
  5. Falsified research

Withdrawn items' identifiers/URLs are retained indefinitely. URLs will continue to point to “tombstone” page (citation-only record) to avoid broken links and to retain item histories.

Changes to deposited items are not permitted. However, errata and corrigenda lists may be included with the original record if required. If necessary, an updated version of the item may be deposited.

In the event of CU Scholar being closed down, attempts will be made for the database to be transferred to another appropriate archive.

Data Set Policy

Data sets under 10GB can be submitted directly to CU Scholar. Please contact if your data set exceeds 10GB. All data sets will be registered with a DataCite DOI, reviewed for completeness of data and metadata/documentation, and reviewed for adherence to FAIR data principles. CU Scholar staff may suggest changes or request additional information from submitters as a result of these reviews. Please contact for assistance with preparing data and metadata/documentation for submission. It may also be helpful to use or adapt this README template when creating documentation