Open access thesis and dissertation abstracts

Interestingly, however, peer pressure also appears to be a significant factor. It was renamed ProQuest in The Discoverable Dissertation and the Advent of ProQuest In the pre-internet days, dissertations were deposited as hard copies in the library of the university at which a graduate student completed her PhD.

There are a myriad of reasons at play in this decision. It makes no references to research on digital scholarship. There are two lessons to draw from this. More on the exceptions themselves in the next section. An OA mandate for ETDs is no more problematic than other academic requirements and considerably more mission-critical.

Students may apply to the relevant dean for permission to delay OA to the text. Now that we know how we arrived at current academic practices regarding dissertation dissemination, we can proceed to consider anew the benefits and drawbacks of embargoes and the key factors involved in publishing revised dissertations.

Part 3 can be found here. But such concerns do not fully explain why 38 percent of respondents followed the course of everybody else around them regarding dissertation embargoes, whereas only five percent made a different decision.

The paper copy of the thesis then typically sat on a shelf for decades, attracting dust more often than readers. Occasionally, ProQuest receives requests for dissertations to be permanently taken down from the database.

Unlike some other Ph. It will save money. This should take place immediately upon final approval say, within a couple of days or a week. Some students fear the Ingelfinger rule.

A scholar who embargoes her dissertation may be concerned about the quality of the work, copyright infringement, and sensitive material in her thesis. It will teach them that OA is not incendiary and countercultural, but mainstream and simply useful.

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It also proclaims the stronger converse that only research good enough for external distribution is good enough for internal recognition. What is driving the rapid rise in dissertation embargo rates? ProQuest keeps spotty numbers on dissertation embargoes, but it is clear that they have risen dramatically in the last decade.

When junior scholars decide whether to release or embargo their dissertations, they are typically in a weak position. A mere year later innearly nine percent of authors placed their dissertations under some form of embargo.

Increasingly, newly-minted PhDs are living with the very real knowledge that, despite their years of effort and excellent academic performance, they may never land a tenure-track job.

Among the PhD degrees awarded at Stanford University in in both sciences and humanities46 percent of students elected to embargo their theses for six months, one year, or two years the maximum allowed by Stanford without requesting special permission.

Dissertations are not well indexed. At many universities, students now simultaneously submit a copy of their thesis to an institutional digital repository that then makes the dissertation freely available online.

Of the remainder, answered yes and only 17 answered no. There are no publisher negotiations to delay or deter OA archiving. We can share successes in two senses: We can share ideas, arguments, and strategies that work.

And if necessary, universities could require both electronic and paper submission open access thesis and dissertation abstracts order to satisfy everyone that dissertations will be no more vulnerable in the digital future than in the paper past.

The next article in this series will be devoted to the largely unfounded but nonetheless powerful fear of never getting your first book published if you have already released your dissertation online, but a few preliminary thoughts are helpful here to capture the wide-reaching effects of this concern.

I cannot support paternalism over competent adults, and I certainly put graduate students in that category. They could also require deposit in the repository without requiring OA.

Nonetheless, in the current structure of the academy, academic advisors are the key advice-givers about dissertation dissemination. A merged repository will have more content than either one alone and therefore will attract more users, traffic, links, citations, indexing robots, and impact.

Their universities might make a recommendation, but more commonly schools punt the question to academic advisors, who, according to their advisees, mostly fail to ever discuss dissertation embargoes with their advisees.

In a preliminary survey run by Dissertation Reviews, a majority of junior academics out of respondents cited their intention to use their dissertation as a basis for their first book as a consideration in whether to release or embargo their thesis.

Some universities pay for access to abstracts and the ability to order dissertations in various forms digital, hard copy, etc. OA gives authors a real audience beyond the dissertation committee and real incentives to do original, impressive work.ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Global (PQDT Global) simplifies searching for dissertations and theses via a single access point to explore an extensive, trusted collection of 4 million graduate works, with 2 million in full text.

Browse Open Access Theses Browse by: Issue Date Author Title Subject Type To view all theses in this collection, select one of the 'Browse by' options (Issue Date, Author, Title, Subject, Title or Type (of thesis).

With EBSCO Open Dissertations, institutions and students are offered an innovative approach to meeting these goals by driving additional traffic to ETDs in institutional repositories. The program is free for authors and participating institutions with the desired end of making significant open-access content more readily discoverable to end.

Published yet Unpublished: The Dual Rise of Open Access and Dissertation Embargoes. This is the first of a three-part series on dissertation dissemination and publishing for humanities and social science scholars.

Open Access and Dissertation Embargoes

With PQDT Open, you can read the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. About PQDT Open Help (new window) Find Open Access Dissertations and Theses Search Tips.

There are additional search options following the search buttons. Open access to electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #99 July 2, by Peter Suber I finished my dissertation inbefore the web, before the internet, and even before personal computers.

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