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Publishing Dissertations

This Libguide provides guidance on how to prepare and submit your dissertation for publication by ProQuest Dissertation Publishing.

About the ProQuest Publishing Agreement

About the ProQuest Publishing Agreement

The box below contains a verbatim copy of the provisions of the ProQuest Publishing Agreement.

  • Section 1 describes all general provisions of the publishing agreement between dissertation authors and ProQuest. Section 1 is commonly referred to as the Traditional Publishing Agreement.
  • Section 2 describes the provisions of the Open Access Publishing Agreement. They amount to options that alter certain provisions of the general/traditional agreement in Section 1. 
  • You will have to assent to either a traditional or open access agreement as part of submitting your dissertation.

In the last paragraph, Publishing Fees, you do NOT pay the Open Access Publishing Fee; the College of Education pays it for you. But there are other fees you must pay to register your copyright  (currently $75) and to purchase optional printed copies of your dissertation.

Publishing Agreement Text

ProQuest Publishing Agreement Text

This Agreement is between the author (Author) and ProQuest LLC, through its ProQuest® Dissertation Publishing business (ProQuest). Under this Agreement, Author grants ProQuest certain rights to preserve, archive and publish the dissertation or thesis, abstract, and index terms (the Work) provided by Author to ProQuest.

Section I. License for Inclusion of the Work in ProQuest® Publishing Program.

Grant of Rights. Author hereby grants to ProQuest the non-exclusive, worldwide right to reproduce, distribute, display and transmit the Work (in whole or in part) in such tangible and electronic formats as may be in existence now or developed in the future. Author further grants to ProQuest the right to include the abstract, bibliography and other metadata in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database (PQDT) and in ProQuest's Dissertation Abstracts International and any successor or related index and/or finding products or services.

ProQuest® Publishing Program - Election and Elements. The rights granted above shall be exercised according to the publishing option selected by the Author on the previous Publishing Options screen, and subject to the following Publishing Program requirements:

  • Redistribution of the Work. Except as restricted by Author in the publishing option selected, the rights granted by Author automatically include (1) the rights to allow sale and distribution of the Work, in whole or in part, by agents and distributors, and (2) the right to make the Abstract, bibliographic data and any meta data associated with the Work available to search engines and harvesters.
  • Restrictions. ProQuest will use commercially reasonable efforts to restrict the distribution of the Work as provided under the publishing option selected by Author or as later elected by Author through direct contact with ProQuest. Such election is subject to Author's Degree Granting Institution Directives (see below). With respect to restrictions requested after submission of the Work, Author acknowledges that ProQuest cannot recall or amend previously distributed versions of the Work. Refer to Guide 4 for information about access and restrictions.
  • Removal of Work from the Program.. ProQuest may elect not to distribute the Work if it believes that all necessary rights of third parties have not been secured. Refer to Guide 5 for information about copyright and your dissertation or thesis. If Author's degree is rescinded, and the degree-granting institution so directs, ProQuest will expunge the Work from its publishing program in accordance with its then current publishing policies.
  • Degree Granting Institution Directives. Author is solely responsible for any conflict between policies and directions of Author's degree-granting institution, Author's choice of publishing model, and/or any restriction Author places on the use of the Work. For the avoidance of doubt, ProQuest is not responsible for access to the Work that is provided by Author's degree-granting institution through its library or institutional repository. Author must work directly with Author's degree granting institution to ensure application of any restrictions to access relating to the Work by Author's degree granting institution.

Copyright and Deposit with the Library of Congress. At Author's option, as indicated in the Register U.S. Copyright screen of the online submission process, and upon payment of the applicable fee, ProQuest will submit an application for registration of Author's copyright in the Work in Author's name. In addition, regardless of whether copyright registration of the Work is sought, ProQuest may make a copy of the Work available to the Library of Congress in digital, microform or other format as required by the Library of Congress.

Delivery of the Work. Author shall provide to ProQuest the Work and all necessary supporting documents during the online submission process, according to Guide 1: Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission.

Rights Verification. Author represents and warrants that Author is the copyright holder of the Work and has obtained all necessary rights to permit ProQuest to reproduce and distribute third party materials contained in any part of the Work, including all necessary licenses for any non-public, third party software necessary to access, display, and run or print the Work. Author is solely responsible and will indemnify ProQuest for any third party claims related to the Work as submitted for publication.

Section II. Rights pursuant to Open Access Publishing PLUS.

Author's election of Open Access Publishing PLUS as the Type of Publishing confirms Author's choice to have ProQuest publish the Work according to the Open Access Publishing PLUS option described here.

Open Access Publishing PLUS. In addition to the rights granted under Section I of this ProQuest® Publishing Agreement, ProQuest may reproduce, distribute, display and transmit the Work in electronic format in the ProQuest® Dissertations & Theses Open database (PQDT Open) or successor database(s), where it will be made available for free download. PQDT Open may be accessed by the academic community as well as through major search engines and open access harvesters. ProQuest may also provide an electronic copy of the Work to Author's degree-granting institution where it may also be posted for free open access.

Copy Sales. ProQuest and its agents and distributors may offer copies of the Work for sale in tangible media, including but not limited to microform, print and CD-ROM, as well as in electronic format either individually or as part of its electronic database and reference products and services. No royalties shall be due to Author.

Publishing Fees. Author's payment of the Open Access Publishing PLUS fee is a one-time, up-front fee. Author's institution may assess additional fees to be collected along with the Open Access Publishing PLUS fee.