What to deposit

The content that can be deposited into MSpace is governed by the University of Manitoba Libraries’ Scholarly Work Content deposit guidelines. For further guidance see the list of resource types and their definitions (Table 1).

  1. Research Publications
  1. Thesis / Practicum
  • Completed document with approval of relevant body and/or defined approval process (i.e., Faculty of Graduate Studies), with copyright-protected contents removed. See also the Submit your thesis or practicum.

Supplemental Work

For any supplementary items that are related to the content to be deposited, and which do not fit the content policy, these should be deposited in a relevant repository (e.g., UM Dataverse) and then cited in the MSpace record and/or deposited item with an identifier (i.e., DOI, handle, etc.) OR  integrated into the thesis document itself. Examples of types that meet these criteria: learning objects, software, coding, videos, datasets, maps. See also Depositing theses or practica step by step.

Resource types for deposit

Table 1- Resource Types that can be deposited in MSpace with COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) definitions.
Book A non-serial publication that is complete in one volume or a designated finite number of volumes.
Book part A defined chapter or section of a book, usually with a separate title or number.
Book review A written review and critical analysis of the content, scope and quality of a book or other monographic work.
Commentary A written review and critical analysis of the content, scope and quality of a book or other monographic work.
Conference paper A paper, typically the realization of a research paper reporting original research findings. Use this label when the paper is not published in a proceeding.
Conference poster A display poster, typically containing text with illustrative figures and/or tables, usually reporting research results or proposing hypotheses, submitted for acceptance to and/or presented at a conference, seminar, symposium, workshop or similar event.
Conference presentation A set of slides containing text, tables or figures, designed to communicate ideas or research results, for projection and viewing by an audience at a conference, symposium, seminar, lecture, workshop or other gatherings.
Data management plan A formal statement describing how research data will be managed and documented throughout a research project and the terms regarding the subsequent deposit of the data with a data repository for long-term management and preservation.
Design Plans, drawing or set of drawings showing how something e.g. building, product is to be made and how it will work and look.
Editorial A brief essay expressing the opinion or position of the chief editor(s) of a (academic) journal with respect to a current political, social, cultural, or professional issue.
Image A visual representation other than text, including all types of moving image and still image.
Journal article An article, typically the realization of a research paper reporting original research findings, published in a journal issue. **NOTE: this type ONLY applies to final version of record publications. If the item is an accepted manuscript and/or preprint version of record, see PREPRINT.
Lecture Transcription of an oral presentation/talk intended to present information or teach people about a particular subject, for example by a university or college teacher.
Letter A brief description of important new research, also known as “communication”.
Sound A resource primarily intended to be heard. E.g. recorded speech, sounds.
Manuscript A manuscript is a work of any kind (text, inscription, music score, map, etc.) written entirely by hand.
Musical composition Musical composition can refer to an original piece of music, the structure of a musical piece, or the process of creating a new piece of music.
Musical notation Symbols used to write music, as in a music score, and to express mathematical concepts.
Policy report A policy report presents what is known about a particular issue or problem. It assembles facts and evidence to help readers understand complex issues and form a response. It might aim to be neutral, or it might aim to persuade readers in a particular direction.
Preprint A preprint is a scientific manuscript without peer-review and has not yet been accepted by a journal, typically submitted to a public server/ repository by the author.
Report A report is a separately published record of research findings, research still in progress, policy developments and events, or other technical findings, usually bearing a report number and sometimes a grant number assigned by the funding agency. Also, an official record of the activities of a committee or corporate entity, the proceedings of a government body, or an investigation by an agency, whether published or private, usually archived or submitted to a higher authority, voluntarily or under mandate. In a more general sense, any formal account of facts or information related to a specific event or phenomenon, sometimes given at regular intervals.
Research article A research article is a primary source, that is, it reports the methods and results of an original study performed by the authors.
Research protocol The protocol is a detailed plan of the research study including a project summary, project description covering the rationale, objectives, methodology, data management and analysis, ethical considerations, gender issues and references.
Research report It is publication that reports on the findings of a research project or alternatively scientific observations on or about a subject.
Review article A review article is a secondary source, that is, it is written about other articles, and does not report original research of its own.
Technical documentation Technical documentation refers to any type of documentation that describes handling, functionality and architecture of a technical product or a product under development or use.
Technical report A document that describes the process, progress, or results of technical or scientific research or the state of a technical or scientific research problem. It might also include recommendations and conclusions of the research.
Working paper A working or discussion paper circulated publicly or among a group of peers. Certain disciplines, for example economics, issue working papers in series.
Other A resource type that is not included in resource type table but would otherwise be included in the Content guidance.


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