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Niner Commons

A guide to sharing and preserving your research through UNC Charlotte's institutional repository, Niner Commons.

How to deposit your work

Who can deposit works?

UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and students can contribute work to Niner Commons. This includes works in which the UNC Charlotte contributor is a primary or co-author. Works deposited must be a product of your scholarly activity at UNC Charlotte.


What types of works can I deposit?

You can deposit a variety of scholarly materials into Niner Commons, including:

  • Theses and dissertations
  • Journal articles (pre-prints, post-prints, publisher’s version) 
  • Conference proceedings
  • Posters
  • White papers
  • Working papers
  • Manuals
  • OERs (learning objects/teaching materials)
  • Data sets
  • Software code
  • eBooks
  • And more


What file formats can I deposit?

Niner Commons supports access for the following formats:

  • PDF for text, articles, or multi-page documents
  • TIFF and JPEG for images
  • MP4 for video
  • WAV and MP3 for audio

If you have a different file format you’d like to deposit, please contact library staff at


How do I deposit my work?

The library uses a simple, online submission form for deposits. The submission form allows you to upload PDFs and zip files that are up to 300 MB. If you have a file that is a different file type than a PDF or zip file, or if your file is bigger than 300 MB, email to share your work.



Embargoes are an optional restriction that allows only the title, abstract, and citation information about your work to be released to the public, while the full text of your work is kept hidden for a specified period of time. Embargoes are useful when there is a patent pending on the work or an ethical need to prevent disclosure of sensitive or classified information about persons, institutions, and so forth. You can talk with someone on staff to learn more about embargoes at