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Scholarly Communication and Open Access: Repositories

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Dissertation Publishing

Putting Dissertation Online Isn't an Obstacle to Print Publication, Surveys Find - The Chronicle of Higher Education: at CNI meeting in Washington, DC, Gail McMillan presented the results of her and her colleagues' study of acceptance in science journals of papers by students who have an open access ETD.


OA and Dissertation Publishing Potential

Ramirez, M. L., Dalton, J. T., McMillan, G., Read, M., & Seamans, N. H. (2012). Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? College & Research Libraries. Retrieved from

An increasing number of higher education institutions worldwide are requiring submission of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) by graduate students and are subsequently providing open access to these works in online repositories. Faculty advisors and graduate students are concerned that such unfiltered access to their work could diminish future publishing opportunities. This study investigated social sciences, arts and humanities journal editors' and university press directors' attitudes toward ETDs. The findings indicate that manuscripts which are revisions of openly accessible ETDs are always welcome for submission or considered on a case by case basis by 82.8% of journal editors and 53.7% of university press directors polled.


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