Download the current list of all disciplines in the bepress Three-Tiered Taxonomy at the bottom of this page.
The bepress Disciplines list is a three-tiered taxonomy of academic subject areas used to tag content and enhance discoverability. By making this taxonomy available to all Digital Commons repositories and the Expert Gallery Suite, bepress can support tools that allow subscribers to showcase their content by discipline. Examples include the Disciplines Browser on Digital Commons repositories; subject-based discovery in the Digital Commons Network; and Expert Gallery search facets.
Bepress developed the Disciplines list with advice and consultation from the University of California’s California Digital Library. The list includes entries from the following sources:
The result, we believe, is a flexible and detailed classification system for the vast majority of academic research. There are currently over 1000 unique categories, though the list is not exhaustive. To maintain its relevance, we gather suggestions for improving the list on an ongoing basis and update it periodically. Maintenance typically includes merging similar categories and adding new categories. If you are a DC or EGS administrator and would like to suggest a change, please refer to the section at the end of this document. Any questions about the taxonomy may be directed to email@example.com.
A Disciplines metadata field is present by default in Digital Commons publication structures. Administrators may add the field if it is not present in a particular context by contacting Consulting Services.
Disciplines selected on the Digital Commons submission form or included in batch imports or revisions help to classify works and support visibility via the following:
Open access articles published on Digital Commons sites and tagged with disciplines will be included in the Digital Commons Network, where users can browse discipline specific scholarship using an intuitive interface.
For information about adding disciplines to author profiles and works in the Expert Gallery Suite, please see the SelectedWorks Guide for Authors.
Add disciplines to a submission:
When filling out the submission form, use the Disciplines field to tag a submission with one or more taxonomy terms.
You can add disciplines to previously submitted items using the revision form. Administrators are able to revise even after items are published to the site.
Add disciplines to multiple submissions:
Disciplines may also be added to submissions via batch upload or revise. See Batch Upload, Export, and Revise for details on downloading batch spreadsheets and formatting metadata.
Suggest disciplines to users on the submission form:
If you are a Digital Commons administrator, you may wish to select default disciplines on the Configuration page of a series or other publication. This allows you to suggest disciplines for works from a particular department or area of research, which ensures those terms are then pre-selected on the submission form for all new submissions to the series.
Below are some recommendations that may assist in selecting disciplines. These are meant to function as a supplement to your institution’s cataloging best practices.
Digital Commons and Expert Gallery Suite administrators may suggest new or modified disciplines as appropriate for their content. Please find below the recommended workflow and guidelines for submitting taxonomy requests to Consulting Services: