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CCS Research Repository & Publications: CCS Research Repository

Covering research produced by the CCS community, this guide includes links to the institutional repository (CCS Research Repository), research publication PLUME, and CCS artist books

CCS Research Repository

The CCS Research Repository (RR) features work by staff and full-time and adjunct faculty at CCS, as well as select graduate theses. The RR serves as a central location for the intellectual output of the CCS community and includes Faculty & Staff Scholarship; Creator Biographies; and research-related CCS Events.

Why Repositories?

An institutional repository serves as a digital archive for collecting, preserving, and sharing the scholarly and creative output of an institution. 

Having your textual and non-textual, practice-based creative artifacts in the CCS Research Repository:

  • Indexes the work in Google Scholar (a unique opportunity for non-textual research).
  • Associates the work with CCS (credibility) while advancing CCS's reputation.
  • Preserves work indefinitely (availability of your work online is not dependent on you retaining and maintaining a personal domain).
  • Consolidates content for rank advancement.
  • Enhances research grant applications (particularly those with an open access mandate).

Art & Design as Research

Not all art and design is research: in order for practice-based or practice-led art and design to be research-oriented, the creation must be externally motivated. The subject or object of research must exist outside of the creator (Frayling, 1993). Additionally, the research decision-making process must be self-conscious, systematic, and reflective (Frayling, 1993) and documentation of the processes, relationships, and knowledge contextualizing the work is crucial (Malterud, 2012).


The work in the CCS Research Repository (RR) is provided for educational and scholarly purposes, and is made accessible under the limitations of non-commercial fair use. Creators retain all copyright to their work and select the licensing applied to the work (all rights reserved, Creative Commons, or public domain). To learn more about the various licenses, visit the Copyright page.


Who may submit to the CCS Research Repository (RR)

  • Only current CCS staff and faculty may submit work to the CCS RR. 
  • Adjunct faculty may submit work to the CCS RR so long as the work was created while employed by CCS. 
  • Undergraduate works are not eligible.
  • Graduate theses must be selected by the Department Chair or have received the Award of Excellence in Graduate Studies.
  • Only works made (in whole or in part) while the creator was in the employ of or enrolled at CCS are eligible.

Work requirements

  • All works submitted to the CCS RR should have an overarching research goal.
  • All works submitted must previously have been made public in some way (i.e. performed, published, exhibited, etc.).
  • All non-traditional research objects (primarily non-textual creative works) must include a statement of research (300 words maximum) detailing the work’s background, its contribution to the field, and its significance. 
  • Non-traditional research objects must include documentation of the research and creation process.

For the full list, see the Submission Guidelines.

Submission Process

In order to determine if your work is eligible for the CCS Research Repository, please use the Research Repository Eligibility form. If the work meets the requirements outlined in the form, you will be able to submit the work and its attendant information. If the work does not meet the requirements, you will not have the option to submit your work via the form.

Non-textual works must include a Statement of Research. This statement should be a maximum of 300 words and should provide the background for the research (including the field at large, the research question, and contextualizing information); the contribution of the research (what is innovative about the work); and the significance of the work.

Non-textual works must also include Research Documentation that demonstrates the process of research and creation.

College for Creative Studies website