Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Social Sciences and Humanities? Findings from a 2011 Survey of Academic Publishers
Ramírez, Marisa L.
Dalton, Joan T.
Seamans, Nancy H.
An increasing number of higher education institutions worldwide are
requiring submission of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) by
graduate students and are subsequently providing open access to these
works in online repositories. Faculty advisors and graduate students are
concerned that such unfettered access to their work could diminish future
publishing opportunities. This study investigated social sciences, arts, and
humanities journal editors’ and university press directors’ attitudes toward
ETDs. The findings indicate that manuscripts that are revisions of openly
accessible ETDs are always welcome for submission or considered on a
case-by-case basis by 82.8 percent of journal editors and 53.7 percent
of university press directors polled.
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