Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 7-2013

Publication Title

College & Research Libraries

Volume

74

Issue

4

First Page

368

Last Page

380

DOI

10.5860/crl-356

Keywords

Electronic Theses and Dissertations, ETDs, open access, institutional repositories, academic publishing, academic publisher policies

Abstract

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 unfettered 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 that are revisions of openly accessible ETDs are always welcome for submission or considered on a case-by-case basis by 82.8 percent of journal editors and 53.7 percent of university press directors polled.

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