November 25, 2015

Preprint: “Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Sciences?”

The following article (preprint) is scheduled for publication in the January, 2015 issue of College and Research Libraries. It was accepted for publication on September 15, 2013.


Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Sciences?


Marisa Ramirez
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 

Gail McMillan
Virginia Tech University

Joan T. Dalton
University of Windsor

Ann Hanlon
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Heather S. Smith
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Chelsea Kern
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 


College and Research Libraries 


In academia, there is a growing acceptance of sharing the final electronic version of graduate work, such as a thesis or dissertation, in an online university repository. Though previous studies have shown that journal editors are willing to consider manuscripts derived from electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), faculty advisors and graduate students continue to raise concerns that online discoverability of ETDs negatively impact future opportunities to publish those findings. The current study investigated science journal policies on open access ETDs and found that more than half of the science journals contacted (51.4%) reported that manuscripts derived from openly accessible ETDs are welcome for submission and an additional 29.1% would accept revised ETDs under certain conditions.

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