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.