SURFACE repository surpasses two million downloads

surfaceIn December 2016, Syracuse University Libraries’ SURFACE repository surpassed its two-millionth download, just six years after its launch in October 2010.

SURFACE is a full-text, multi-media online database that provides global, open access to the work of Syracuse University faculty and researchers. Among a number of benefits, SURFACE increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes the impact of research conducted at Syracuse University, and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration. SURFACE is one of over 2,700 open access repositories worldwide.

Over the past six years, researchers from virtually every country in the world have downloaded materials from SURFACE. Almost half of visits to the repository come from outside of the U.S. The nearly 13,000 items in SURFACE have been downloaded more than 580,000 times in the past year alone, a testament to the usefulness and impact of this open access repository.

SURFACE can accommodate a wide range of print and multimedia content, including articles, journals, newsletters, books and book chapters, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, working papers, reports, presentations, reviews, audio and video. Eleven of Syracuse University’s schools and colleges are using SURFACE to disseminate their scholarly output. SURFACE is also the official online source for current SU theses and dissertations.

Members of the Syracuse University community are invited to deposit completed scholarly work, work in progress, and university-created materials into SURFACE. In addition to preserving the item and providing a permanent link to it, SURFACE content is searchable and accessible worldwide.

Interested in contributing material to SURFACE? Email the SURFACE team at for more information.



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