ProQuest offers an additional option: authors can publish their dissertation or thesis open access in their database PQDT Open for an additional fee, shifting the cost from the reader to the author.
The idea of each institution providing free and "open access" to the work of their own scholars was thought to be an approach that, not only would be more cost effective than subscriptions, but would allow the work to enjoy wider visibility.
As subscriptions to important scholarly journals continued to soar throughout the late s and into the next decade, faculty and librarians sought ways to exercise greater control over the access and dissemination of their institutional scholarly work.
Graduate students can share papers, data, posters, and even their dissertation in IUScholarWorks.
You can also view all of this information in detail in a handy slide deck by our very own Sarah Hare PDF link. Posted on. If you are an advisor or faculty member and would like us to come to your class or event to talk to your students about dissertations, please e-mail us at iusw indiana.
As the open access ethos and depositing to the IR become normalized among successive generations of faculty and students, dissertations and theses material will be dwarfed by the other types of content.
Over time, a good number of the institutions hosting these repositories have successfully increased the variety of content deposited to their IRs.
Traditional publication with ProQuest means that the dissertation will be included in the ProQuest Dissertation and Theses database. The development of institutional repositories is tied to the "Open Access" movement in higher education.
Dee Mortensen, Senior Sponsoring Editor at the IU Presscompares the relationship between a dissertation and a book to that of a chrysalis and a butterfly. ProQuest provides multiple services and options for publishing a dissertation.