About CUNY Academic Works

CUNY Academic Works is a service of the CUNY Libraries dedicated to collecting and providing access to the research, scholarship, and creative and pedagogical work of the City University of New York. In service to CUNY’s mission as a public university, content in Academic Works is freely available to all.

Coordinated by the Office of Library Services at CUNY Central, CUNY Academic Works provides for the preservation and dissemination of a full range of scholarship, including faculty research such as articles and conference presentations; educational materials; student works such as theses, dissertations, and prize papers; scholarly journals published by or associated with the University; digitized archival documents from CUNY’s libraries and special collections. Included works are selected and deposited by the individual campus in consultation with the Office of Library Services.

Submitting to CUNY Academic Works

Current CUNY faculty, students, and staff are invited to submit works to the repository. Upon submission, a work will be:

  • More discoverable by search engines such as Google, Google Scholar, and Bing
  • Hosted on a secure server and given a persistent URL to ensure long-term access
  • Freely accessible to the public, including researchers around the world who may have limited access to scholarly works

Any individual or group interested in submitting content is encouraged to contact the Office of Library Services at AcademicWorks@cuny.edu.


All works in CUNY Academic Works are protected by copyright, unless otherwise indicated. The copyright for these works remains with the copyright owner, who in most cases is not The City University of New York. This means that except as permitted under the principles of fair use (Title 17, §107 U.S.C.), users may not reproduce, republish, post, transmit or distribute any material from this web site in any physical or digital form without the permission of the copyright owner. Works associated with a Creative Commons or other license may be used under the terms of those licenses without further permission.

In order to submit a work to CUNY Academic Works, contributors must hold the copyright to the work or have the approval of the copyright holder(s) to submit the work (see: Submission Policies). The City University of New York makes no representation or warranty about the appropriateness of the contribution or whether the contributor continues to own rights in the works.

Notice and Removal Policy

CUNY Academic Works is a permanent institutional archive. Once a work is submitted and approved by the repository administrator, it may not be removed except by contacting the administrator. Circumstances that may merit the temporary or permanent removal of a work include claims regarding copyright, privacy and data protection. In the case that content is removed, the metadata for that content will remain in the repository with a note explaining the reason for removal.

Individuals who believe that their copyright has been infringed by the posting of a work in CUNY Academic Works should provide notice in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 to CUNY’s designated DMCA copyright agent (currently dmca@cuny.edu). At the request of the DMCA copyright agent upon the receipt of a proper DMCA notice, the CUNY Office of Library Services will withdraw the work from public view and add a note to the public metadata record indicating the status of the work. The submitter of the work will be notified that the work is subject to a complaint and advised of the submitter’s right to give a counter-notice. If the submitter gives a counter-notice and the complainant does not respond as provided by the DMCA, the removed work may be reposted.

More Information

To learn more about CUNY Academic Works or about scholarly communications issues such as open access publishing, please contact the the Office of Library Services at AcademicWorks@cuny.edu.