Publication Decisions

Doctoral candidates at the University of Chicago are required to grant ProQuest UMI Dissertation Publishing non-exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute their dissertations. Granting ProQuest non-exclusive rights means you are free to re-publish your work with whomever you choose. If another publisher has accepted your manuscript for publication, you 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.

A record for your dissertation will appear in the University of Chicago Library Catalog with a link to your dissertation in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. The University of Chicago relies on ProQuest for access to your dissertation.

Your dissertation will appear in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, a subscription database available at many universities. In addition, your dissertation may be purchased through ProQuest.

Delaying Release in ProQuest

The public sharing of original dissertation research is a principle to which the University is deeply committed, and dissertations should be made available to the scholarly community at the University of Chicago and elsewhere in a timely manner. In exceptional circumstances such as potential endangerment of research subjects or the dissertation author, for example, students may choose an embargo period in ProQuest, in consultation with their advisor and after receiving permission from the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education.

Embargo periods in ProQuest are managed by the Dissertation Office in accordance with University of Chicago policy.

Choosing an embargo period directly from within the ETD Administrator is not an option for University of Chicago students. After you have received permission from the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and the Dissertation Office has been notified, we will enter your embargo period, and you will be able to see the release date in the ETD Details section. If for any reason you need to restrict access to your dissertation after you graduate, please contact the Dissertation Office with your embargo request. We coordinate post-convocation embargoes with University Administration and with ProQuest. While your dissertation is embargoed, a record for your dissertation including a citation, abstract, and additional details will appear in ProQuest databases and other indexes and catalogs, but the full text of your dissertation will not appear through ProQuest, and your dissertation will not be available for purchase.

ProQuest/UMI Agreement

Once you have received word from the Dissertation Office that your final submission is complete and in order, we suggest you print copies of your publishing agreement and your publishing options. You should keep these copies in your files for future reference. Publishing Settings & Copyright information will appear in the ETD Details section. Please check this information for accuracy.

Publishing Options

One of the sections in the submission steps on the ETD Administrator requires authors to select the type of publishing, either Traditional Publishing or Open Access Publishing PLUS.

We recommend you choose Traditional Publishing in order to retain the greatest level of control of your work. If you choose Open Access Publishing, the full text of your dissertation will be available free of charge via PQDT Open.

If you choose Traditional PublishingIf you choose Open Access Publishing
Your dissertation will not be freely available in PQDT Open. Your dissertation will be freely available in PQDT Open.
You will not be charged a fee. You will be charged $95.00.
You will be eligible to receive royalties. You will not be eligible to receive royalties.
Your dissertation will be available for purchase through ProQuest. Your dissertation will be available for purchase through ProQuest.
Your dissertation will appear in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, a subscription database. Your dissertation will appear in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, a subscription database, and in PQDT Open.
A record for your dissertation (may include citation, abstract, preview, etc.) will appear in other ProQuest resources, in library catalogs and in indexes. A record for your dissertation (may include citation, abstract, preview, etc.) will appear in other ProQuest resources, in library catalogs and in indexes.

 

Authors must also make a decision regarding search engines. Do you want major search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo) to discover your work through ProQuest?

We recommend you select No to search engines if the future publication of your dissertation is a concern.

If you select search engine access, 20% of the full text of your dissertation will be available per session in Google Books. Moreover, search engine results provide links to ProQuest products where researchers have the option to purchase your dissertation.