Submission Guidelines for Thinking Matters Symposium

Who Can Submit

Thinking Matters Symposium only publishes materials about work conducted under the primary auspices of the University of Southern Maine (USM) and select partnering institutions. For additional information, please contact the Digital Commons Site Administrator, Jessica Hovey,

How to Submit

1. Complete the web form under the Submit Research link in the sidebar. Please include the following information: abstract; keywords; and name, institutional affiliation (e.g. University of Southern Maine or Southern Maine Community College), and email address for each author.

2. Write an abstract for your work (no more than 300 words). Please also select keywords (3 min, 6 max). These are words that will help a user locate your item through a search.

3. Make sure your item is in an acceptable format. We can accept items in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or Adobe Acrobat (PDF).

We can convert files from some programs into an acceptable format. Please contact the Digital Commons Site Administrator, Jessica Hovey,

4. If you have any questions, please see our FAQs or contact the Digital Commons Site Administrator, Jessica Hovey,

Overview of the Process

After you submit your item a Digital Commons Administrator will review your submission and publish your work on the site. You will be notified by e-mail when the material is posted.


If you publish this item or a revised version elsewhere, for example in a journal, please send the citation of the new version to the Digital Commons Site Administrator, Jessica Hovey, We will be able to inform the research community about the new version.

If you would like to post a revised version of your material on the site, please follow the instructions in How to Submit; (see above) however, please specify when you submit the material that it is a revision of a previously submitted item.

Rights and Permissions

Before submitting material to the repository, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. Please contact the Digital Commons Site Administrator if you are unsure of the copyright status of your item, or if you need assistance navigating copyright permissions:

You retain the copyright to your work and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere.

It is necessary that you agree to the terms of publishing in the repository listed in the Submission Agreement in the online submission form for your program area, and that you complete this form with each new submission to USM Digital Commons.

Please contact the site administrator Jessica Hovey, with additional questions copyright and permissions.