The Penn Libraries is very pleased to announce that thousands of research papers from all academic departments of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania are now publicly available on ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository. Reflecting the core values of inclusion, innovation and impact in the Penn Compact 2020, ScholarlyCommons shares the exceptional works of Penn faculty, staff and students with local, national, and global audiences. With the support of Deputy Dean Michael Gibbons and the Wharton Faculty IT committee, the ScholarlyCommons team reviewed thousands of papers over the past year to verify copyright permissions for inclusion in the repository. By gathering Wharton research into a searchable repository, it is easier for scholars worldwide to discover, cite, and link to these materials.

To explore the Wharton Faculty research papers collection, visit

Journal publishers require authors to sign an agreement during the publication process, commonly known as a Copyright Transfer Agreement or “CTA,” which often precludes sharing or re-use of their published work unless the authors have negotiated for different rights or signed an author addendum. The ScholarlyCommons team reviewed a comprehensive set of Wharton faculty research papers going back decades in order to determine the details of those agreements and legally share the appropriate versions of those papers. The initial collection of more than 2,200 papers will continue to grow over the coming months and years as additional publications are cleared and added. The Wharton material was made available on the ScholarlyCommons site in late November 2017 and has already garnered over 21,000 downloads.

Penn faculty members whose work is not already included in ScholarlyCommons can take advantage of Faculty Assisted Submission, a free service offered by the library in which faculty publications are reviewed and added on their behalf. To get started, faculty (including untentured members) can upload their CV or list of publications here.

Penn librarians can also work with individual departments, centers, and programs to provide specific pages that highlight the research of their unit; see for example cross-disciplinary collaborations with the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Contact the ScholarlyCommons team for a consultation. Wharton faculty should contact their Lippincott Library liaison librarian or the ScholarlyCommons team with questions or for more information about setting up accounts on ScholarlyCommons. These accounts provide download statistics for individual authors.

For more information about the Wharton Departmental Papers permissions review project, please visit the project FAQ.