Recommended File Formats

Recommended File Formats for Preservation

Texas ScholarWorks accepts work in any digital format; however, submission in a file format listed below is strongly encouraged. The formats listed below are considered relatively stable and therefore facilitate long-term preservation efforts. These formats exhibit all or many of the following characteristics: open documentation; support across a range of software platforms; wide adoption; no compression (or lossless compression); no embedded files or embedded programs/scripts; and non-proprietary format. For additional information on Texas ScholarWorks' preservation strategy, please see the Preservation Policy

Textual Formats
Acrobat PDF/A
Comma-Separated Values
Open Office Formats
Plain Text (US-ASCII, UTF-8)
XML

File Extensions
.pdf
.csv
.odt, .ods, .odp
.txt
.xml

Image/Graphic Formats
JPEG
JPEG2000
PNG
SVG 1.1 (no Java binding)
TIFF

File Extensions
.jpg
.jp2
.png
.svg
.tif, .tiff

Audio Formats
AIFF
WAVE

File Extensions
.aif, .aiff
.wav

Video Formats
AVI (uncompressed)
Motion JPEG2000

File Extensions
.avi
.mj2, .mjp2