How do I delete my account?

If you wish to close your account, please contact us at We will delete all information associated with your account, and if you ever wish to use the social-networking features of the Network again, you will need to resubmit all information associated with your account and reestablish all connections with other Commons members. Please note that, to maintain the continuity and integrity of the discussions, groups, and other interactive features on Humanities Commons, your submissions to those sections will not be removed in connection with the closing of your account.

Some User Content, such as files uploaded to CORE, may not be removed or deleted. This is because we are invested in the preservation of and access to works deposited in our open-access repository; we provide permanent identifiers in the form of DOIs so that work shared in CORE will continue to be discoverable in years to come. 

Please contact us at for assistance.

How do I bookmark things on the Commons?

Want to create shortcuts to certain activity items on the Commons, or bookmark things to read later? Just star them! Go to (here’s a guide to the Activity Page) or the Activity tab on any group page and star the items you want to save.

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When you want to view your bookmarked items later, hover over your avatar, then Activity, then click on Favorites.

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You can also bookmark your bookmarks by saving this URL: Click that, and any time you’re logged in, you’ll be brought straight to your starred bookmarks on the Commons).

Can I share an event with a group?

Yes! To create and share an event, simply hover over your name and avatar at the top right of the screen and choose New Events from the Events menu.


After entering the date and details of your event, you’ll see a Groups section toward the bottom of the page. From there you can select the groups that you’d like to share the event with. You can only share the event with groups you belong to.

Alternatively, you can go directly to a group’s page and click Events in the menu that runs across the top of each group’s page. Click the New Event button to add your event. The settings determined by an admin or group creator may affect your ability to connect events to a given group. For more on this, read our guide to Managing Group Roles and Memberships.

What’s in the Activity section of the Commons?

An Activity page on the Commons can be accessed by clicking Activity in the main, left-hand menu. On this page you’ll see a list of different types of site activity, including works deposited in CORE, the creation of sites and blogs, and discussion topics added to groups. You can use filters to select specific types of content you want to see. One set of filters runs across the top of the page and allows you to see activity related to members you are following, groups you are in, or discussions and status updates you were mentioned in.


The second set of filters is a drop-down menu that allows you to look at activities by specific type: Updates, Posts, Comments, New Groups, Group Memberships, New Members, New Deposits, New Group Deposits, New Group Files, Group Files Edits, Topics, Replies, New Docs, Doc Edits, and Doc Comments.

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What’s in the feed shown on the Humanities Commons home page?

At, on the left-hand side of the page, you’ll see an activity feed,help

a list of recent activity tailored toward your interests. Your feed shows activity across the network, but it will prioritize activity that corresponds to groups you are in, members you follow, and CORE deposits that are related to these groups and members. You can personalize your feed by joining more groups and by following members who share your research interests.

Can I invite non-Humanities Commons members to be a part of my group?

Members of Humanities Commons groups must be members of the platform. You can easily invite individuals to first join Humanities Commons and then your group. You can do this directly in the group. On your group’s page, look for a tab on the top bar that reads “Send Invites.” The first option in this menu is to invite users from outside the network. Simply enter the e-mail address of the person you’d like to invite, and we’ll take care of the rest. To invite individuals to join the platform without inviting them to a group, enter their e-mail addresses in the “Spread the Word” section at the top right of the Humanities Commons home page.


How can I edit my profile?

After logging in to the Commons, click on the image or icon in the top right-hand corner. This will take you to your profile page. Now, click Edit. From here you can update your institution, title, interests, Web sites, and additional profile fields.

A more detailed guide on editing your profile can be found here.

What are “mentions,” and how are they used?

The @mention system links others to the hyperlinked profile of the individual mentioned while notifying the individual of the mention by e-mail. If you are in a group and want to reach out to specific members, simply put the @ symbol in front of their username to send a notification to their e-mail address, and the mention will show up in their @mention activity stream.