About SMU Scholar

SMU Scholar includes:

  • documents such as articles, working papers, book chapters
  • electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • images
  • videos
  • audio files
  • collections of files
  • research data and datasets (see data policy)
  • ejournals
  • conference materials

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Submitting your thesis or dissertation to SMU Scholar allows your research to reach a global academic community. For help with the submission process, see the ETD Submission tutorial.


The SMU Scholar approval system can be used for conference proposals, deposits, and schedules. You can also share or archive conference materials, including agendas, links to papers and proceedings as well as multimedia files.

If you are interested in hosting your conference in the repository, contact James Williamson at jdwilliamson@smu.edu before your conference date so proper releases can be arranged.


Academic journals can be hosted and published on SMU Scholar. This no-cost service is limited to SMU faculty, staff, and students. You must independently manage your journal and the editorial process. We can assist in the development of the workflows and branding and display of the journal.

Author Concerns

You retain the copyright for all materials posted in the repository. Your work will be given a persistent URL, making it easy for you and others to link to your work. Once you create an account in SMU Scholar, you will have access to an analytics dashboard with data on usage, citation, and mentions, and receive a monthly report with the number of times your work has been downloaded.

Journal Permissions

Journal reprints depend on what the journal allows, which is usually specified in their agreement with the author. Permissions for many publishers can be found at SHERPA RoMEO.

Most journal and book publishers do not consider placing a work in a digital repository “prior publication". We encourage you to check with your publisher about how they handle works published in institutional repositories.

Withdrawing Content

You may contact SMU Scholar in writing and request that your work be removed. We cannot remove cached copies.


Works stored in SMU Scholar are open access unless embargoed by the author (only the metadata will be visible). Authors may retain all copyright or assign a Creative Commons license to their work. Please follow all requirements for attribution, distribution, and use.

Get Help

Contact James Williamson at jdwilliamson@smu.edu.