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Ed.D. Students and the Kutztown University Research Commons: Before you submit

A guide to help KU's Ed.D. students license and upload their dissertations.

Before you submit your research

You will need:

  1. An abstract of about 200 words for your submission
  2. No more than 10 keywords or phrases for search engines
  3. A decision on what Creative Commons License you would like to use, or not.
  4. Create a KURC account, or go to the KURC site and login or register for a new account.


You will need an Abstract and Keywords

When you submit your research, you will have the opportunity to enter an abstract. 

Your Abstract should

  • be about 200 words long. What does not fit in the text box on the form will not display on the screen either,
  • contain buzzwords or key phrases since search engines like Google or Bing will look in the abstract during a search.

Your Keywords should

  • be no more than 10 words or phrases separated by commons,
  • also contain or repeat the key phrases from the abstract because keywords are even more important than the abstract in an internet search.


Creative Commons license

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of open access information and creative works. 

When you submit your work, you will be asked to choose from a menu either no license or one of the licenses detailed here:

The Creative Commons license works with your copyright to protect you from having your work stolen or plagiarized by someone else.

The Creative Commons licenses govern four key areas:

  1. Attribution -- Requiring someone using your work to give you credit; or not.
  2. Commercial use -- Allowing a person, group, or a company (e.g. a commercial publisher) to sell your work for their profit; or not
  3. Derivation -- Can someone take your research or creative work and change or manipulate it into a new work that is theirs; or not
  4. Share-Alike -  you can also stipulate that if someone uses your work, they must use the same license as you did for your original; or not.

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Creating an account

How to Create a KURC Account

  1. From the KURC homepage, click the My Account link above the Kutztown University logo in the banner. If you are following a prompt in an email notification, simply click the link provided to access the login page.  
  2. Click the Sign Up link on the login screen.
  3. Enter the requested information, including your KU email address, first and last name, and password.
  4. Click Create Account.
  5. Click the confirmation link in the new account email. If you don’t receive an email, check your spam folder or contact for additional help with completing your account setup.

If you are already in the KURC as a reviewer, author, or fellow administrator for a page,  but never created your own account you should go through the steps to create an account.  Use the same email address that was used to add you, then complete the sign-up process to finalize your account.


Logging in to the KURC

How to Log In (if you already have created an account)

  1. From the KURC homepage, click the My Account link above the Kutztown University logo in the red banner. If you are following a prompt in an email notification or clicking a link requiring a login, such as a Submit Article link, you will be prompted to log in before going to the intended page.
  2. On the login screen, enter your email address and password, and click Login.

If you don’t recall your password, click Forget Your Password? to access the Reset Password screen. Enter your email address and click Reset to have a password reset email sent to you. Click the link in the email and follow the prompts to choose a new password.