Saturday, March 9, 2013

Open Access ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT Open)

[First posted in AWOL 20 January 2011. Updated 9 March 2013]

PQDT Open
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PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.
You can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

Open Access Publishing

The authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as open access. Open Access Publishing is a new service offered by ProQuest's UMI Dissertation Publishing, and we expect to have many more open access dissertations and theses over time.


The database includes hundreds of theses and dissertations related to antiquity from American academic  institutions.

For other aggregations of open access dissertations see also:




3 comments:

  1. Hmmm ... I wonder if it's possible to contact UMI to have a dissertation from some years ago released under open access terms.

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  2. I'll answer my own comment ... Yes, one can retrospectively sign up for open-access publishing of one's dissertation. The following is from the FAQ on the ProQuest site:

    "Can an author who published his dissertation before 2007 opt for open access? Yes, authors can choose to retrospectively convert their dissertation or thesis to open access. The same additional $95 fee applies, and the author will need to sign a new publishing agreement with us. Please note that the open access fee is in effect as of the fall of 2008, and publishing fees are subject to change."

    But they don't tell you how to start the process.

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  3. Yes they can:

    "Can an author who published his dissertation before 2007 opt for open access? Yes, authors can choose to retrospectively convert their dissertation or thesis to open access. The same additional $95 fee applies, and the author will need to sign a new publishing agreement with us. Please note that the open access fee is in effect as of the fall of 2008, and publishing fees are subject to change."

    Open Access Publishing FAQ.

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