As a condition for receipt of the doctorate, doctoral candidates at the University of Chicago must grant ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing non-exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, and sell their dissertations. If another publisher has accepted dissertation research for publication, the author should be sure to retain the right to publish through ProQuest. Many scientific journals have standing agreements with ProQuest; most academic presses, however, do not.
Publisher Policies: Thesis content and article publishing summarizes dissertation-related policies from a few publishers.
Dissertation authors hold the copyright for their own dissertations and retain the right to publish elsewhere. Authors may choose to register copyright or not. If registering copyright, they may register through ProQuest's ETD Administrator or through the United States Copyright Office.
Although it is not required, there are clear advantages to copyright registration. Why copyright? lists these advantages.
If a dissertation uses previously copyrighted material beyond fair use, the dissertation author must obtain written permission from the copyright holder to include this material in the dissertation.
The University of Chicago Copyright Information Center discusses copyright law and provides guidance.
Thesis advisors and faculty in the various schools and departments will provide assistance with copyright issues, but students may find some of the following resources helpful as well.