Publishing Your Dissertation In A Journal

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Some agreements include statements on re-using the published article in your dissertation/thesis.

Depending on what the agreement indicates, you may need to seek an embargo of your dissertation/thesis, which delays the release of the full-text (6 months, 1 year, or 2 years), or you may need to get in touch with the journal editor to discuss adding an addendum to your signed agreement that allows you to re-use the article.

Q: Can I delay the release of my dissertation/thesis? Q: I published a chapter of my dissertation/thesis as an article last year.

I’m getting ready to submit my dissertation/thesis to Pro Quest and it asks if I am the copyright holder of all the material I’m submitting.Plus, they put a copy of your work in the Library of Congress; you’ve arrived!You can register your copyright at any time; it does not need to occur at the moment of submission to Pro Quest.You can place an embargo on your work, which means no one can access the full-text of your dissertation/thesis for 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years.You could pay to have your work formally registered with the US Copyright Office.While the Library cannot provide legal advice, if you are a UC Berkeley graduate student, we'd be delighted to consult with you as you consider copyright issues further in drafting your dissertation.Here are some common student concerns and questions about what it means to make a copy of a dissertation/thesis available via Pro Quest Dissertations & Theses and in the open access Tufts Digital Library: Q: Will making my dissertation/thesis openly available in the institutional repository hurt my chances for publication?Should you need to extend the embargo period because you are in the midst of patent negotiations, your advisor may request a one-time extension of the embargo from Pro Quest and Tufts Digital Collections & Archives.For information about embargoing a thesis or dissertation, consult your program’s thesis/dissertation guide.Q: I want to use graphs, charts, and images created by others in my dissertation/thesis. A: Talk to your advisor, others on your committee or in your department, basically anyone you know, to get a sense of the publishing landscape in your field. You could also think about seeking an embargo to give yourself a little more time. They are available for 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.It may be that publishers in your sub-field are not really that concerned about the existence of an earlier, not blind peer-reviewed copy in your institutional repository. Q: Can I delay the release of my dissertation/thesis? A: Embargoes delay the availability of the full-text of your work to a specified duration of time.


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