Work and Family Commons

I just deposited to the Work and Family Commons. When will I know if my submission was successful?

Typically, your submission will be deposited almost instantly.  You can check to see that your deposit was successful by clicking on "My WFC Submissions" on the left side green bar. Your submission will also be visible in your Member Directory profile (members only).

Can you explain the different versions of articles that can be submitted to the WFC?

Here are some definitions of the different versions of articles that might be helpful to you.

Author's Pre-print = working paper

Author's Post-print = the final, post-peer-review version of the article that has been accepted for publication, but not yet copy edited by the journal.

Publisher's Version/PDF = the peer-reviewed, copy-edited version as it appears in the published journal (an exact page image of the article as it appears in print).

Where can I get more information about the Work and Family Commons?

Go to the link below on this page here, for a Tutorial PowerPoint explaining how to use the Work and Family Commons. 

Navigating the WFRN website and the Work and Family Commons 

You will also find links to information about open access on this page.

How do I find a specific article or document in the Work and Family Commons?

You can Explore the WFC by using the Search function or by Browsing. Searching is useful if you have a clear idea of what information you want to find. Browsing is a good way to find available documents when you don't have a specific idea of what information you want.

Why are there citations in the WFC? I thought repositories were primarily for full-text documents.

One of the unique features of the WFRN is the archive of legacy information from the former Sloan Work and Family Research Network. The more than 11,000 citations from the former Sloan Network Literature Database have been retained and deposited into the WFC.

In addition, you can deposit new citations to the WFC. You must create a 1 page PDF with the citation, abstract and online link to the article, if available, as a document must be submitted for a successful deposit.

I had an article cited in the Sloan Network Literature Database. Will it automatically be transferred to Work and Family Commons?

Citations from the Sloan Network Literature Database have been included in the WFC and can be found through the search function.  In most cases, full-text of articles cited in the Sloan Network Literature Database were not included in the Literature Database and therefore were not automatically transferred to the Work and Family Commons.

Can someone else deposit for me to Work and Family Commons?

No, materials are submitted directly by authors (or their designee) with a WFRN login. If you have questions, email:

Can I remove or take materials down from the WFC?

Items may be removed at the request of the author/copyright holder, but this is discouraged. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include: journal publishers requirements, proven copyright violations, plagiarism or other legal requirements. If necessary, an updated version may be deposited.

If you need to request that something be removed or updated, please email:

What happens to my paper's copyright? Do I need to get publisher permission to submit to WFC?

You need to know the copyright status of your work before submitting it. If the copyright belongs to you, you keep it. If you share the copyright with other authors, check with them to make sure they also approve of the work being archived and made available on the WFC. WFRN asks for your permission to display your work on the Internet. If another party (such as an academic publisher or organization) owns the copyright, you need to secure their permission for the inclusion of the full-text version on the WFC.

Is open access in conflict with traditional journal publishing?

The purpose of open access is not to undermine journals but to provide an accessible alternative and take full advantage of new technology —the internet— for widening distribution and reducing costs. Moreover, for researchers themselves, the overriding motivation is to offer easier access to a larger audience of readers and for their research to have greater impact. More information can be found here.

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