What is DASH?
DASH is Harvard's central, open-access repository for research by Harvard community members. The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) operates the DASH repository as an effort to provide the broadest possible access to Harvard's scholarship.
DASH contains over 45,000 works of scholarship, including articles, conference proceedings, working papers, case studies, books and book chapters, theses, and dissertations.
The works in DASH are available to everyone, free to download, and free from most copyright and licensing restrictions.
DASH supports browsing, as well as basic and advanced searching, by author, title, Harvard community, keyword, subject, abstract, and date. The contents of DASH can also be discovered by most search engines and through the HOLLIS catalog.
Depositing your work in DASH
All members of the Harvard research community, including students, research staff, and other faculties, are welcome to use DASH to archive and share their manuscripts where they have the rights to do so.
When you deposit your work in DASH, it becomes visible to colleagues around the world by virtue of metadata harvesting, Google Scholar, and other indexing services. Higher visibility leads to higher rates of citation and impact. When you post early versions of your work, before publication, you establish intellectual priority sooner.
Harvard authors who deposit in DASH:
- have access to on-demand metrics and reader feedback
- receive monthly reports about their readership
- receive persistent URLs
- are indexed by search engines, including Google and Google Scholar
- reach academic and non-academic readers who may not have access to the original publications
- are preserved by the Harvard Library.