Below are a list of frequently asked questions about the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library. If your question is not listed, ask it on the form here.

Answers to some of your common questions

Contributing your work to the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library:

  • Greatly increases the visibility and findability of those materials through online search engines.  Using a centralized repository means more of your peers can find (three times as many downloads compared to traditional library databases) and cite your work (your work cited in subsequent publications will double), providing you with a wider audience.
  • Provides you with institutional recognition.
  • Allows you to retain your intellectual property rights.
  • Creates a context for your work side-by-side with the scholarly and creative work of your colleagues.
  • Creates a permanent digital archive of your work, including unpublished works such as conference presentations and white papers.
  • Assures a stable online location for your work that can be cited now and in the future.
  • Complements existing print and electronic sources in your discipline.
  • Provides unlimited space for data, audio, video, and other formats.
  • Contributes to the Open Access movement, which seeks to share scholarship in a free collegial, global environment. 

The work should be scholarly or archival in nature.  Because deposits are intended to be permanent contributions to the WHDL, ephemeral and “in-progress” works should not be submitted.

Examples of eligible materials:

  • Journal articles and essays
  • Conference proceedings, papers, presentations
  • White papers, technical reports, research reports
  • Dissertations, theses, undergraduate honors papers
  • Creative works (e.g., art works, music compositions)
  • News items meant for permanent archiving


Adobe's PDF format is the perferred one for documents for WHDL. Additional document formats for eReaders (.mobi, .epub, etc) can also be added. Editable document types like .doc(x) and .rtf are also allowed. Please keep the documents to 125 MB in size or smaller. 

Yes. Your regional editor can help make this happen.

Individual authors retain their copyright but should complete the Submission Agreement included on the Faculty Submission Form. 

In the past, publishers required that authors give the ownership (copyright) of the paper to the publisher in return for publication.  With the growth of the open access movement, many publishers are being more flexible in their copyright contract bargaining with authors, particularly allowing republication in the author’s institutional repository. It is your responsibility to check the details of your contract with your publisher to verify that you have permission to upload your work to the WHDL.

If your work has been published by the Nazarene Publishing House, please contact them for information on your contract. Unfortunately we do not have the staff to assist you with your contractual needs. Please talk to your publisher or your advisors regarding opinions on what copyright commitments you have made.

The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library has been established as a permanent repository to provide ongoing persistent access to all deposited items.  However, it may be necessary under some circumstances to withdraw items from the repository.  Reasons for withdrawal could include copyright violation, factual inaccuracy, or plagiarism.  Requests for withdrawal can be initiated by any external or internal entity.  All withdrawal requests must be submitted using the contact form here.


There are many ministries around the world whose ministry budgets come from sales of products such as these. In certain areas where these resources are making ministry possible through sales, those titles are not included in the WHDL.